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DOOR IS OPEN FOR YOUTUBE’S PAUL BROTHERS IN MMA
Logan Paul – Photo Credit: Wikimedia
Logan and Jake Paul would make great Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, said Scott Coker, Bellator president as he targets exhibition matches featuring the YouTube personalities such as Logan Paul’s boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather.
Logan Paul went the distance, surviving eight rounds against unbeaten (50-0) five-division world boxing champion Mayweather in an exhibition on Sunday at Miami’s Hard Rock stadium.
USA Today reported that the fight brought in one million pay per view buys with $50 million generated from sales in the United States.
It was only the second fight of Logan Paul’s career, while his brother Jake has fought in three professional boxing matches, beating former MMA fighter, Ben Askren in April.
Somehow, critics have labelled the bouts a sideshow due to the lack of sporting credibility of the duo, who made their names as social media personalities and have millions of subscribers on YouTube.
However, Coker told Reuters that the brothers have impressive physiques and the door is open for them to move into MMA.
“I met with Logan Paul about two years ago and I’ve spoken to Jake Paul’s manager and Jake on a Zoom call recently. The one thing I said was hey, if you want to do MMA we would love to promote you guys,” the 58-year-old said in a Zoom interview. “These guys are young, athletic, strong, and you saw the fight on Sunday night. These guys they came and did their work.”
“Mayweather couldn’t finish him and I know he tried, I heard he wanted to knock this kid out so bad,” he added. “When I heard both had high school wrestling backgrounds in Ohio, which is a prominent wrestling state in the United States., it really made me interested in pursuing them in some super fights in Mixed Martial Arts, and that door is continually open.”