Jake Paul is set to fight UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, in a cruiserweight boxing match. This means that both fighters will have to weigh in under 200-pounds, or 90.72kgs.
Will the rookie boxer Jake Paul extend his winning streak against the UFC welterweight legend? All eyes are on the two as they duke it out on August 29 at 8 p.m. ET. The match will be held at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland.
Jake Paul Overview and Stats
Internet star Jake Paul began his boxing career in 2020 when he defeated YouTuber, AnEnsonGib and former NBA player, Nate Robinson. Jake Paul’s most notable achievement is his defeat of wrestling and MMA legend, Ben Askren (already retired prior to their match).
Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
Reach: 76 inches (193 cm)
Boxing record: 3-0 with 3 knockouts
Tyron Woodley Overview and Stats
Tyron Woodley was a pro-MMA fighter with an acclaimed career that he began in 2009. He became UFC welterweight champion in 2016 and successfully defended his title four times. Woodley lost the title in 2019 and was subsequently released from the UFC after a four-fight losing streak. He boasts a 19-7-1 UFC record and now hopes to kickstart a career in boxing.
Height: 5’9” (175 cm)
Reach: 74 inches (188 cm)
Boxing record: 0-0
Fight overview and betting odds
Jake Paul: -130
Tyron Woodley: +103
Even though Tyron Woodley will be Jake Paul’s toughest opponent to date, Jake Paul has a more favorable bet over Woodley. There may be a few reasons as to why people are betting for the YouTuber-turned boxer to win.
Firstly, Jake Paul has youth on his side. Paul is only 24 years old, which seems like a disadvantage due to his lack of experience. However, Woodley is 39 years old this year, two years past the average retirement age of professional boxers.
Moreover, Jake Paul’s fans are betting on his weight, height, and reach. He is four inches taller and has 2 inches more reach than Woodley. While Woodley competed in the welterweight category (170 lbs), Paul weighed 189-192 lbs in all of his previous fights.
Bad blood between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley
The history between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley has nothing short of hostility. It began when Woodley called out Jake Paul after defeating his long-time friend, Ben Askren.
During a press conference, the two fighters made an interesting bet. Should Jake Paul win the match, Tyron Woodley has to get an “I love Jake Paul” tattoo. On the other hand, If Jake Paul loses, he has to get an “I love Tyron Woodley” tattoo.
“I was knocking people out on the street while you were on Disney”
During their first encounter, Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley had an intense face-off where the both of them exchanged insults. Woodley was not hesitant to point out the differences in experience between the two.
Well, it was quite funny to watch an ex-Disney actor sizing up on a decorated MMA legend.
Jake Paul quickly retorted by talking down on Woodley’s age and his UFC losing streak.
This war of words is expected to continue until their fight on August 29. Regardless of who you side with, you don’t want to miss out on this highly anticipated match.