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Logan Paul: ‘I can’t not do one MMA fight before I die’

Despite saying MMA is harder than boxing, Logan Paul said he ‘absolutely’ wants to give it a try.

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Logan Paul before his pro boxing debut versus KSI.
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Logan Paul is due to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. on June 6 for what is being called an exhibition bout. Paul is 0-1 as a pro boxer, with his sole fight coming against fellow YouTuber KSI in January, 2020.

Paul appeared on the broadcast for Bellator 259 on Friday. During that appearance he was asked if he thought he would ever try his luck inside the MMA cage.

“Absolutely,” he said (per Nick Baldwin of theScore). “I actually think I would probably be better at MMA because of my wrestling background.”

Paul wrestled throughout high school and came fifth in the Ohio state championships in 2013. In his one year at Ohio University he competed on their NCAA-Division I wrestling squad.

“I will say it is a tough sport,” said Paul of MMA. “It’s harder than boxing. MMA fighters are legitimate, all-around, 360-degree fighters. I’ve had some knee issues on both knees, and it’s rough on the body. But I can’t not do one MMA fight before I die. I’m going to do at least one. And if I win, I’ll probably do another.”

Paul also spoke about his upcoming match with Mayweather. And he did his best to sell it as a legitimate contest.

“It’s not an exhibition. I’ve been saying this — what exhibition is eight three-minute rounds? This is a fight. ... And if Floyd didn’t want to rip my head off before my brother took his hat, now he’s trying to kill me. He’s trying to make an example of the big brother so the younger brother has to suffer and watch and witness. ... This is going to be a war.”

Paul went on to say he wasn’t going to make the fight “easy” for Mayweather and that he has been training for eight months. “I have nothing to lose. I’m going in there with that energy. He’s got everything to lose. There’s a lot on the table for him, not a lot on the table for me and that’s a dangerous man.”