UFC: Jake Paul takes aim at McGregor and Dana again
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Jake Paul claims Conor McGregor is “p***ed off” because Khabib Nurmagomedov has retired, meaning the Notorious’ best chance of a blockbuster payday is by trading rubber with the YouTube star.
UFC icon McGregor turned his hand to boxing when he took on Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
He then returned to the Octagon and on his most recent outing he lost a rematch with Dustin Poirier.
Khabib admitted he may come out of retirement if he saw something special from McGregor, but his defeat ended hopes of a rematch.
Paul tried entice get McGregor to step in the ring with him with a £36million offer but the Irishman ignored the cheque.
And now the YouTube sensation, who has won his two professional boxing fights, has warned he could snub a showdown with McGregor is he loses a trilogy bout with Poirier.
“I just think McGregor has that name where he will be big in this sport for a while,” he told ESPN.
“But, if he loses again to Poirier, I’ll be like, ‘Let me fight Poirier,’ why not?
“He has to win in his own sport first and then maybe we can figure something out.
“I’m Conor’s money fight right now as crazy as that sounds. Khabib [Nurmagomedov] retired, he’s all p***** off about it.
“Jake Paul vs Conor McGregor is the money fight. It’s funny, what world are we living in where that even makes sense?”
Paul’s immediate attention is on former UFC star Ben Askren, who he is set to box on April 17.
“I’m definitely a boxing lifer,” he added, following his explosive face off with Askren last week.
“I’m addicted to this sport. I will become the biggest prizefighter in boxing; simple as that.
“Haters will be haters… when there’s a new young buck in the game coming up and ruffling feathers, they’re going to be upset. But again, I’m just trying to bring more eyeballs to the sport.
“I’m having fun doing it and I’m just doing me. There’s room for everyone to eat.
“After my Nate Robinson fight, there were probably about 70 people calling me out, wanting to fight me. There were probably six people that made sense to fight in [Michael] Bisping, McGregor, [Nate] Diaz, [Dillon] Danis, Askren, some YouTubers that are popular, but I wanted to fight a real MMA fighter.
“When it came to signing the contract, a lot of them didn’t want to do it. By the way, this is me coming to them with the biggest payday of their lives.
“This is Ben’s biggest payday of his life; he’s publicly said that. So, when it came down to signing the contract, he was actually down.”
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