Audie Attar discusses Jake Paul vs. Conor McGregor megafight rumours

Jake Paul vs. Conor McGregor is the subject of lots of rumours, but will it actually happen? McGregor's manager won't rule it out.

By: Nate Wilcox | 2 weeks ago
Audie Attar discusses Jake Paul vs. Conor McGregor megafight rumours
Jake Paul catching an Ice Hockey game. | Pro Shots, IMAGO

Jake Paul is headed back into the ring

Jake Paul is back in the ring on December 15 versus a guy called Andre August.

Since beginning his “crossover” boxing career in 2020, Jake Paul has somehow become one of the bigger draws in professional boxing. He’s fought his way to a 7-1 record with all of his wins coming against fellow social media influencers or under-sized, over-aged former competitors in other sports (basketball, mixed-martial arts).

Paul’s sole professional loss came in a snooze fest against boxer Tommy Fury, no athletic comparison to his older brother Tyson Fury.

Paul’s last bout against Nate Diaz performed surprisingly strongly on pay-per-view and seemed to reived interest in his fighting career which had stalled about the tedious loss to Fury.

The announcement of Andre August, an unheralded pro boxer with a thin record and no social media cache, was a surprising choice.

Paul could have gone up against another shot MMA fighter like Darren Till. Paul could have finally met social media and crossover boxing peer KSI or rematched Tommy Fury (thanks for not doing that last one BTW).

There’s room to speculate he chose August as a bit of a tune-up fight or perhaps he’s got something more ambitious up his sleeve.

Paul is telling TMZ this isn’t a money play.

“This is probably just a break-even fight for me,” Jake told Michael Babcock on the TMZ Sports TV show on FS1. “I probably won’t even make money on it. Who knows what the outcome is. It’s $200,000 for a private jet to fly around just to get me there and back.

“He’s a beast, he’s a dog and he’s coming to win,” Jake said of his opponent. “This is his make-or-break moment as a boxer himself. It’s gonna be a really good fight.”

If Paul wanted to make one of the biggest fights ever there’s one person who would be certain to draw a crowd (and lots of cash).

Jake Paul vs. Conor McGregor is a rumour that will not die

Jake Paul has been calling out Conor McGregor for years.

It seemed ridiculous a couple of years back when Paul essentially had no combat sports resume and McGregor was headlining mega-UFC pay-per-views against Dustin Poirier. But time does funny things to fighters’ reputations and McGregor has been on an epic reputational slide since snapping his shin bone in his last bout.

If McGregor does face Michael Chandler at, say, UFC 300, and manages to lose in ignominious fashion, a boxing bout with Jake Paul would be a next logical step down the career ladder for Mystic Mac.

Boxing: Paul vs Woodley II, Dec 18, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley head butt as they fight at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports, 19.12.2021 00:13:45, 17383463, NPStrans, Boxing, Amalie Arena, Tyron Woodley, Jake Paul, TopPic PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY 17383463
Jake Paul during his second bout with Tyron Woodley. | Kim Klement / USA TODAY Network, IMAGO

McGregor’s manager and business partner Audie Attar spoke to FOX News about the potential match-up. And it sounds like there’s actually a possibility that this happens one day.

“I think anything’s always possible. You never say never,” Attar said of the potential mega-fight. “It’s all about how things line up. I think the challenge with combat sports is looking that far ahead.

“You never say never. Getting back into the octagon is step one, going in and handling business there. Then, not looking past that, but then, obviously, when you get past that, look at your options and see what’s next.”

Will the UFC let McGregor box again?

When Conor McGregor last put on boxing gloves for a bout with Floyd Mayweather, it was under a very special set of circumstances and at the absolute height of his fame and popularity. And even then the UFC was heavily involved on the business side of putting the fight together. Dana White has even recently claimed the UFC paid Mayweather.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) defends against a punch by Conor McGregor during their super-welterweight bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26, 2017. Mayweather won by TKO in the 10th round. PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxHUNxONLY LAV2017082622 JAMESxATOA
Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather. | UPI Photo, IMAGO

But following the UFC’s decision to get out of the Francis Ngannou business just in time to miss out on his storied bout with Tyson Fury, maybe the UFC would be open to a Conor McGregor vs Jake Paul bout sometime in the future.

Is leasing out McGregor for a big boxing spectacle the most profitable thing the UFC could do with McGregor? Could they use this as a way to pivot their stance and show other big names that they don’t have to go the Ngannou route to score big fights (the route which gives the UFC zero in return).

Stay tuned, maybe we’ll find out.

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Nate Wilcox
Nate Wilcox

Nate Wilcox is the founding editor of As such he has hired every editor and writer to work for the site. Wilcox’s writing for BE is known for its emphasis on MMA history, the evolution of fighting techniques and strong opinions. Wilcox developed the SBN MMA consensus rankings which were featured in USA Today from 2009 to 2011. Before founding BE, Wilcox was a political operative working for such figures as Senators John Kerry and Mark Warner and an early political blogger. He is the co-author of Netroots Rising, a history of the political blogosphere from 2003 to 2007. Wilcox also hosts the Let It Roll podcast on music history for the Pantheon Podcast Network.

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