After Vitor Belfort quickly TKO’d Evander Holyfield at Triller’s latest boxing event, the former UFC star called out Jake Paul to a money-spinning showdown, but it seems the YouTube superstar is less than enthusiastic about it.
“$25m, the winner takes all!” Belfort had stated in the ring after his fight. “Jake Paul stop running from me, man.
“I’m gonna teach you a lesson! You can be my kid, you’re gonna meet daddy over here at Triller!
“Stop running! You’re a little b—ch!””
Belfort’s challenge was then backed by Triller co-founder Ryan Kavanagh, who upped the ante by stating, “$30m, winner takes all. If Jake says no, we know why.”
Paul has now responded to the call-out and says he’s skeptical Triller have the money to back up their words with action, while he’s also not convinced of Belfort’s drawing power either.
“I honestly didn’t think that was coming,” Paul told Ariel Helwani yesterday. “It’s surprising because let’s be honest, we know they don’t have that money to put up.
“It’s smart on their end because they get the clout, now we’re talking about them, now we’re talking about Vitor – but that’s how this industry works, right. We know that they don’t have that money. It’s very outlandish for them to say that. If they showed proof of funds and put the money into a bank account, it would be a whole different story, but we worked with them and we know that they don’t have that much money.”
“Like you were saying, Vitor is not that big of a name,” Paul continued. “He just isn’t. He’s not even as big of a name as Tyron (Woodley). I’m trying to get bigger with each of these fights. I’m trying to get more of a challenge.
“I think Vitor is a lot easier of a fight than Tyron. He’s older, he’s on steroids and such. It doesn’t excite me as much. The money excited me. If they were to put the money in a bank account – an escrow account – and show proof, then maybe that’s where the conversation starts.”