Renowned boxing trainer Teddy Atlas believes YouTuber Jake Paul will KO Tyron Woodley on Aug. 29, claiming the latter is slow and predictable.
Atlas believes believes Paul, who is the betting favorite to beat Woodley, will shock the world with another highlight-reel KO against another former MMA champion.
The social media influencer previously KO’d ex-Bellator and ONE welterweight champ Ben Askren at a Triller Fight Club event this past April.
“He’s going to be the smaller guy, the lighter guy,” Atlas said about Woodley on his show, THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas (h/t MMA Junkie). “So Paul’s the bigger guy. He’s strong. (He) has that advantage and he has the opportunity to throw, which is a decent right hand that he possesses. He’s got the opportunity to throw it and land it because of the style of Woodley and the mistakes of Woodley. (Woodley) stands straight up. He’s predicable. He throws that slow jab. He throws it halfway out. He lets you get close. Paul’s got a good right hand. He’s going to land the right hand. So bad news is, Paul is going to knock him out.”
Atlas also believes that, despite his long list of accomplishments in MMA (including but not limited to winning, and defending, the UFC welterweight title), Woodley is ‘shot’ and that Paul was smart in picking ‘T-Wood’ as his next opponent.
“Woodley’s been a great champion, but Woodley’s 39 years old,” Atlas said. “He’s lost his last four fights and he’s lost his last two by KO and submission. I’ll say it, and this is not to be disrespectful – I already said the things I needed to say about how much I respect the guy – but he’s shot. He has the look of a shot fighter in MMA and UFC. Now a lot of people are going to say because he’s a professional fighter and a former champion that he’s going to beat Paul.
“He’s in a bad place mentally. He’s in a bad place physically. He’s not in his best place. Now having said what I said, losing those last four fights, 39 years old, he lost those to real fighters.”
Woodley vs. Paul takes place this Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Paul’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.