It seems Ben Askren’s failed foray into boxing will not, in fact, spell the last opportunity for a Team Roufusport fighter to get a win over the YouTuber-turned-pugilist. Shortly before Askren was sent crashing to the canvas early in round 1 for a TKO loss, teammate and ex-UFC champion Tyron Woodley looked to add his own name to the seemingly ever growing roster of fighters interested in trying to teach Jake Paul a lesson.
“I just think that some people need to be taught a lesson,” Woodley told TMZ earlier in an interview after Paul’s victory. “At the end of the day, you can’t just sit here and think that real motherf-ckers that put their time in this—yeah if you want to get in here and get a couple fights and make some money because you’ve got so many subscribers and you did something dope in another lane, I’m all for that. But when it comes down to you’re gonna parade around and act like you’re a straight, ‘Oh I’m a boxer, everybody’s scared of me, I’m this, I’m that’ and then you’re talking sh-t about my dog, now we got to go.”
If Woodley was hoping that he could cash in on the circus of Askren & Paul for his own seven+ figure payday, it appears his gamble has paid off. The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger announced the booking on Twitter.
Sources: Jake Paul and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley have agreed to a deal for a boxing match. Jake recently signed a multi-fight deal with Showtime. Friday face-off in Miami planned to promote the event. Paul coming off first-round KO of Ben Askren— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) May 31, 2021
That news would seem to also very likely confirm that Woodley is not renewing his contract with the UFC. The former welterweight champion was removed from the promotion’s rankings, following his fourth straight defeat—a submission loss to Vicente Luque at UFC 260. That fight was the last on Woodley’s contract, leaving the ‘Chosen One’ free to pursue other options outside the Octagon.
For his part, ‘Problem Child’ has been keeping his name in headlines most recently in an altercation with multiple-time boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, after stealing the boxer’s hat at a media event for ‘Money’’s upcoming exhibition with Logan Paul. Jake Paul’s victory over Askren back in April brought his pro record to 3-0, following a second-round KO over former NBA player Nate Robinson in November of 2020.
No date or location for Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley has been announced as of yet. Stay tuned to BE for more details as they arrive.