Jake Paul looks set to make his mixed martial arts debut. The Problem Child recently announced that he is working with a big MMA organization with the view of competing and that he will begin training at the world-class AKA gym under the watchful eye of Javier Mendez.
Speaking during the latest episode of his podcast, BS w/ Jake Paul, he said: “I’ve got an announcement coming soon. I can just tease that, that I’m working with a big organization right now on a whole thing in MMA that also has to do with me fighting and we’re gonna have an announcement soon. Cause I want to do it.
“Javier Mendez said he would train me. So, I’ll go to AKA. I’ll probably need like a year, year and a half to get the kicks down. I already know jiu-jitsu. …I wanna be able to do everything in there. At least checking kicks. I know how to wrestle already.”
With that in mind, here, Express Sport counts down three potential opponents for the YouTube star’s first MMA fight.
Dillon Danis and Jake Paul have been at each other’s throats for the last couple of years. Danis has repeatedly called for a fight with Paul since The Problem Child made his way into combat sports and has claimed that he will retire forever if he loses.
El Jefe is 2-0 in professional MMA and has not fought since 2019 due to injury. This fight would be a very risky one to start off with given his exceptional grappling credentials. Danis is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Marcelo Garcia and has won multiple IBJFF titles including the Pan American No-Gi Championships.
By far the most unlikely opponent for Jake Paul, Nate Diaz is a free agent at the time of writing and has entertained a match-up with Paul in the squared circle recently. Whether the ex-Disney actor would take on Diaz in the cage is less clear but with Paul, you can never say never.
Diaz is one of the most experienced UFC fighters in the promotion’s history with 27 bouts under the company’s banner and multiple wins over high-calibre talent such as Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson, and Anthony Pettis.