Paddy Pimblett stated his belief that some of Jake Paul’s boxing matches have been fixed and now the YouTuber has called him out to have a sparring session with him, and even offered a $1 million prize if he wins.
“I was really wanting to like you, I really was; you’ve got a good thing going for you but then you come out and say my fight with Anderson Silva was rigged,” Paul said in a video post to Pimblett.
“I’m sick and tired of this narrative. It’s stupid and pathetic; you’re disrespecting the own GOAT of your own sport. You’re saying that Anderson Silva is a criminal, that he is a fraud. You’re saying Viacom, one of the biggest media companies in the world, is doing criminal stuff.
“I’ve got a proposition for you since you wouldn’t rig a fight. Right? Let’s spar. Fly to Puerto Rico. I’ll get you a private jet. We can do five, three-minute rounds boxing. If you win I’ll give you a million dollars, which is what you deserve to get paid Paddy. You know it, but the UFC’s not paying you that. You deserve to get paid more.
“If I win, you have to join the United Fighters Association and help me sign up all of the fighters in the U.K. So let’s spar since you wouldn’t rig a fight. I’ll fly you out. A million for you. Put your money where your mouth is. Let’s go.”
Pimblett, who fights Jared Gordon in the co-main event of UFC 282 on December 10th has since responded and made Paul a counter-offer.
“He said this knowing full well that I’m fighting next week as if he does not know that I’m fighting next week,” Pimblett said on TMZ Sport. “He’s like, I’ll fly you to Puerto Rico. Come to the PI (UFC Performance Institute) next week.
“Come to the PI next week and bring a million dollars in a bag and I will spar with you.”
Sparring Pimblett in boxing would be the kind of match-up that Paul has repeatedly sought out during his career so far since the rising UFC star is a submission specialist rather than a striker and fights at 155lbs (having fought as low as 135lbs in the past), while Paul competes at 185lbs and would be 3″ taller with 3″ in reach over him for good measure.