Can Darren Till beat this list of UFC vets for the big money Jake Paul fight?

Jake Paul heads back to the ring in December. But who will he fight? Bookies think a former top UFC middleweight will get the call.

By: Stephie Haynes | 2 months ago
Can Darren Till beat this list of UFC vets for the big money Jake Paul fight?
Jake Paul will be back in the ring before the end of the year | Lev Radin | Pacific Press Agency, IMAGO

Jake Paul announces fight date, no opponent set

Jake Paul has his next fight date set but has not released any details on his opponent. According to a press release, it was announced that the “Problem Child” will fight on December 15 under the MVP and DAZN banners.

No opponent was named, but Paul spoke about his goal of being a world champion.

“8 fights in the boxing game and I’m already its biggest name,” said Jake Paul. “I’ve proved that I can headline the biggest global events and defy the odds. PPV after PPV after PPV, and I’m just getting started. My mission is to be a world champion and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get there. December 15th is the next step on my journey, and I promise you’re not going to want to miss it.” 

Paul and Bidarian’s Most Valuable Promotions will also continue to showcase its premiere talent throughout the rest of the year to global audiences on DAZN. Undisputed featherweight champion and seven-division world champion Amanda Serrano (45-2-1, 30 KOs) is set to face WBO challenger Danila Ramos in a historic 12-round, three-minute rounds unified featherweight title bout, equal to men’s championship fights, on October 27th at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida. Directly preceding the fight will be MVP’s Most Valuable Prospects III, featuring top up-and-coming boxing talent. 

Two names are missing: Nate Diaz and Darren Till

With all the buzz around crossover and influencer boxing, combined with the star power Paul has, opponents are likely already lining up to get on this card and most would undoubtedly like a crack at Jake and the fat purse a contest with him could promise. There’s quite a variety of opponents to choose from, and MMA Fighting even has odds up, but two very notable names are missing from the list: Nate Diaz and Darren Till.

December 10, 2022, Las Vegas, Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, United States: LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 10: (R-L) Darren Till battles Dricus Du Plessis in their Middleweight fight during the UFC 282 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 10, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Las Vegas, Nevada United States - ZUMAp175 20221210_zsa_p175_186
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A rematch with Diaz could do well based on name power alone. The dark horse here is Darren Till. In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Till spoke about taking a fight in the Misfits promotion, possibly with another former UFC star, Mike Perry. During the conversation, Darren mentioned how he’s training exclusively in boxing and is at a new boxing gym.

He also mentioned that the UFC would likely be okay with it and that he’s on very good terms with the promotion since parting ways with them. When Ariel asked him if he was set on going the traditional boxing route or the crossover boxing route, the Brit said “both”. Conceivably, MVP, Misfits or even Matchroom could be potential targets, as “money talks” according to him. He even mentions Jake Paul by name, so there’s definitely some room for discussion.

Opponent odds, as reported by MMA Fighting

  • KSI +200
  • Derek Brunson +300
  • Dillon Danis +500
  • Tommy Fury +600
  • Mike Perry +800
  • Jorge Masvidal +1200
  • Oscar De La Hoya +1200
  • Conor McGregor +1600
  • Canelo Alvarez +3300
  • Floyd Mayweather +3300
  • Pac Man Jones +4000
  • Stipe Miocic +4000
  • Logan Paul +5000
  • Mike Tyson +5000

Jake Paul also had talks with WWE star Matt Riddle

Apart from those listed above, Jake Paul also reportedly had negotiations for a potential fight with UFC vet turned WWE champ Matt Riddle, who was recently part of the layoffs from the TKO merger. At the time of the report, talks were noted to only be preliminary.

While Riddle would be a far less accomplished fighter than any of the MMA veterans Jake Paul has beaten in Nate Diaz, Anderson Silva, Tyron Woodley, and Ben Askren, the former WWE US Champ and Raw Tag Team Champ does have a sizable following after his WWE stint, which might be one of Jake Paul’s bigger considerations.

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Stephie Haynes
Stephie Haynes

Stephie Haynes has been covering MMA since 2005. She has also worked for MMA promotion Proelite and apparel brand TapouT. She hosted TapouT’s official radio show for four years before joining Bloody Elbow in 2012. She has interviewed everyone there is to interview in the fight game from from Dana White to Conor McGregor to Kimbo Slice, as well as mainstream TV, film and music stars including Norman Reedus, RZA and Anthony Bourdain. She has been producing the BE podcast network since 2017 and hosts four of its current shows.

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