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Former UFC champion Tyron Woodley opens as betting underdog versus Jake Paul

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YouTuber Jake Paul is currently favoured to beat a former UFC champion in the ring.

Triller Fight Club: Jake Paul v Ben Askren
Jake Paul after he beat Ben Askren at Triller fight Club.
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According to the opening odds for the proposed Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley boxing match have Woodley as the underdog with odds of +120. Paul has opened as favourite with odds of -150.

At these odds, if you placed a $100 bet on Woodley, and he beats the YouTuber turned 3-0 boxer, you stand to win $120. A $100 bet on Paul would win $66.67. If you are tempted to gamble on this fight, please only bet an amount that you are willing to lose.

These opening odds are somewhat surprising. Though Paul has easily handled all three of his opponents in the ring, finishing them with first round stoppages, none of those men had boxing or striking skills of note. Paul’s first opponent was fellow YouTuber Ali Eson Gib. His second bout was against former NBA player Nate Robisnon. And his third fight was versus Ben Askren, an elite level wrestler and former MMA champion who was not known to throw (let alone land) many strikes on the feet.

Woodley is known more for his wrestling inside the cage, too. However he does have wins via strikes under his belt including KOs of Robbie Lawler, Josh Koscheck and Jay Hieron.

The former UFC welterweight champion has not looked the same since losing his title to Kamaru Usman in 2019. Since then he lost to Gilbert Burns, Colby Covington and Vicente Luque.

Woodley is currently a free agent having fought out his contract with the UFC.

When Paul fought Woodley’s friend and teammate Askren, he also opened as the betting favourite, with odds at -200. Askren’s opening odds hovered around +155. By the time the fight came around the odds narrowed slightly with Askren’s odds hanging at +147 and Paul’s at -162.

The oddsmakers who favoured Paul were proved right when combat sports’ biggest troll KO’d Askren in the first round. Now it appears the bookies think a similar fate is awaiting The Chosen One.

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