Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping would be a confident man on fight night against Jake Paul.
“The Problem Child” has taken the combat sports world by storm, consistently challenging UFC stars and even getting in a brawl with Floyd Mayweather.
Paul has won all three of his boxing bouts as a licensed professional boxer, with his last victory coming over former ONE and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren in April. Paul won by first-round TKO.
He also knocked out NBA’s Nate Robinson and YouTuber AnEsonGib in 2020.
Although Paul hasn’t been booked for his next fight, he’s expressed interest on several occasions in fighting a UFC name, including Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor.
Another name that Paul seemingly considered in the past was Bisping. In a recent interview with Heavy, “The Count” said Paul’s team had reached out to his manager a few months ago, however Bisping didn’t take the offer to box seriously.
“We didn’t take it particularly serious,” Bisping said. “I wasn’t tempted, but I called back and I said, ‘Let’s double it. Let’s have a bit of fun with it, see if he comes back.’ And he never came back.”
Bisping said that although from the start he didn’t think the match was going to happen, if Paul would have “doubled the money, it would have been a very, very healthy number.”
“I like picking up easy paychecks,” The Count said. “And I’m not saying for one second I’m coming out of retirement, but if it’s a big enough number on the table, I’d be a fool not to collect it.”
If they ever did end up in the boxing ring together, The Count said it would be over in the opening frame.
“Jake Paul would not get out of one single round and that is an absolute fact,” Bisping said. “Listen, I’ve got nothing against the guy. I want everyone on the planet to go out there and be successful, make as much money as you’d like. But he’s been very smart calling out people like Ben Askren. Ben Askren can’t fight to save his life. If he (Paul) would step up against somebody real like myself, even though I’m retired and old, and not in as good shape as I used to be… yeah, I’d say one round, I’d put him to sleep.”
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