The MMA community has paid their respects to Jake Paul after the 6-0 boxer and social media influencer recently signed a deal with the Professional Fighters League (PFL).
Paul, 26, is expected to make his MMA debut in PFL’s Super Fight league, a new division that will feature influencers and celebrities squaring off with professional fighters.
“The Problem Child” is inked to fight Nate Diaz in a boxing match, with plans to rematch him in MMA six months later.
“I’ve already disrupted boxing and now it’s time to disrupt MMA,” Paul said.
Paul already holds wins over former MMA champions Anderson Silva, Tyron Woodley, and Ben Askren in boxing, and the MMA community is eager to see how well he performs in mixed martial arts.
Check out the reactions below, courtesy of Twitter.
Hey @PFLMMA I’m a free agent. I wouldn’t mind welcoming @jakepaul into the MMA world. . But let’s be real. He’d never take this fight, even tho I’m like the shortest middleweight in history ♂️ should be a manageable W for him!— Deron Winn (@DeronWinn) January 5, 2023
Jake Paul’s PFL video & signing is kinda fire if we’re being honest— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) January 5, 2023
I think it is a great move for @jakepaul and shows how business savvy he really is. I can’t say the same for the @PFLMMA at this time. It is going to take time to see how positive his presence is for them and if it was a good move for everyone involved https://t.co/vskwDLbScZ— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) January 5, 2023
Wow Jake Paul to PFL that’s wild. Who we want to see him fight? I think @HurricaneShaneB should get it.— Matt “The Steamrolla”Frevola (@SteamRollaa) January 5, 2023
It’s getting really hard not to like the guy now.. 50% revenue and fighter advocacy… Big If True https://t.co/pZHRJqyhkq— Kyle Daukaus (@KyleDaukaus) January 5, 2023
It will be interesting to see whether Paul will be able to “disrupt” the sport of MMA in the same way he has in boxing. He is expected to make his debut in the coming year.