Jake Paul accepts Khabib Nurmagomedov’s invitation to fight for MMA promotion

Jake Paul has accepted an invite to affix Khabib Nurmagomedov’s MMA promotion for his cage debut – if his first struggle is towards the UFC legend.

The YouTuber-turned-boxer has been flirting with swapping the ring for the cage, even holding preliminary talks with the PFL and tagging Bellator in a video of him working towards kicks.

However he has now advised legendary MMA fighter Nurmagomedov that he’ll be a part of his promotion Eagle FC, who’re making their American debut subsequent weekend.

Nonetheless, he desires a bout with the retired former UFC light-weight champion earlier than he agrees to affix the new-found promotion, who’ve already signed the likes of Rashad Evans and Kevin Lee.

Paul had taunted Dana White by declaring that he can be debuting at middleweight for the nice of his well being when he fights within the cage, whereas most fighters reduce huge quantities to make a smaller class.

And in response, Nurmagomedov invited him to affix his promotion, saying: “The doorways of Eagle Combat Membership all the time open for you and your workforce.”

Jake Paul desires to struggle Khabib Nurmagomedov
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Paul responded in Russian and English with a easy message that learn “Deal. Provided that I struggle you first.”

The YouTube star is 5-0 as knowledgeable boxer with 4 knockouts, together with stoppage wins over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley and ex-Bellator and ONE FC champion Ben Askren.

He additionally has an intensive highschool wrestling background in addition to enjoying soccer to a excessive degree, which has aided the success of numerous high MMA fighters like Eryk Anders, Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione.

However his one temporary foray into the MMA world noticed him submitted within two rounds by Bellator featherweight AJ Agazarm in 2017, earlier than he had began coaching boxing.

He’s identified to be an admirer of Nurmagomedov’s, and as soon as stated that he was one of many solely opponents with whom he would not interact in trash speaking.

And he even expressed an curiosity in joining up with the American Kickboxing Academy, the place Nurmagomedov trains below coach Javier Mendez.

Within the lead-up to his rematch with Woodley final month, Paul advised reporters in Florida that when he inevitably fights within the cage, it will be below their tutelage as a member of workforce Khabib.

“For certain I’ll,” Paul stated of his MMA debut in a media scrum in December. “Individuals appear to overlook that I used to be a state wrestler, division one in Ohio.

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“I will go and get coached up by Javier Mendez, Staff Khabib and that is that.

“They’re down, 100 per cent – I’ve acquired to go 10-0 or 12-0 in boxing first after which I will hit that MMA struggle.”

Mendez would later dispute the declare that they had been “100 per cent” considering working with him, noting that he would have to be voted into the health club by one other fighter.

“It might occur however like anyone you already know we now have to undergo all of the coaches and all of the fighters which might be right here and anyone that is a well-known athlete like him,” he advised The Schmo weeks later.

“They may undergo the routine that everyone does so he must get voted by everyone. To start with, he is by no means requested. What he is performed is he is marketed himself superbly.

“I cherished the plug he gave us, I feel it was a improbable plug and I feel he is a improbable individual. He in flip gave me a create return favour by speaking about coaching with us.

“However the actuality is irrespective of who you’re, it’s important to undergo the workforce to get consent to coach with us.

“He hasn’t been given consent as a result of he hasn’t requested, it isn’t that he will not I simply know he hasn’t requested.”

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