PFL exec claims ‘very serious’ Jake Paul will ‘absolutely’ make MMA debut in 2023

PFL executive Loren Mack says Jake Paul's MMA debut 'absolutely' happens in 2023.

By: Milan Ordoñez | 2 months ago
PFL exec claims ‘very serious’ Jake Paul will ‘absolutely’ make MMA debut in 2023
October 28, 2022, Glendale, Arizona, Glendale, AZ, United States: GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 28: Jake Paul poses on the scale during the Paul v Silva: Weigh-in at Desert Diamond Arena on October 28, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona, United States. Glendale, Arizona United States - ZUMAp175 20221028_zsa_p175_102 Copyright: xDiegoxRibasx

Jake Paul’s MMA debut under PFL will happen in 2023, according to Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Loren Mack. According to Mack, the organization is already in the process of searching for a potential opponent for “The Problem Child.” 

Jake Paul will “absolutely” make his MMA debut in 2023

The 26-year-old Paul signed with the PFL in early January, and immediately issued a callout to MMA superstar Nate Diaz. And while many fighters lauded him for making such a move, things were still pretty much up in the air. 

But as Mack declared, MMA fans should expect to see the YouTuber turned pro boxer inside the PFL cage this year. 

“Jake Paul is absolutely going to fight in 2023,” he told MMA Mania. “I mean, that’s been the plan all along. I know, he’s in the gym, and he’s training, taking it very seriously. 

“So expect to see him in the PFL cage in 2023, and it’s going to be MMA. He’s very serious about MMA, and he’s an incredible athlete. I think he’s gonna really develop into a superstar in the sport.”

There is an undeniable value in Jake Paul’s name, and the PFL seemingly wants to cash in via a big-named opponent.

“We’re keeping our eyes open for sure. You know, nothing concrete as of yet, but we’re definitely on the lookout and had a few initial discussions. If you know Jake, he will want a big name for his debut. He puts his money where his mouth is.”

Jake Paul tastes defeat for the first time

After a flawless 6-0 run that included victories over former MMA champions and UFC Hall-of-Famers like Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, and Anderson Silva, Paul experienced defeat for the first time courtesy of Tommy Fury. 

The two fought in February in Dubai after a few failed attempts to make the bout happen, with Paul losing via split decision. He then blamed a pre-fight illness and arm injury for his “flat” performance. 

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Milan Ordoñez
Milan Ordoñez

Milan Ordoñez has been covering combat sports since 2012 and has been part of the Bloody Elbow staff since 2016. He’s also competed in amateur mixed martial arts and submission grappling tournaments.

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