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Jake Paul to compete in MMA after signing multi-year deal with PFL

January 5th, 2023

Jake Paul will make his MMA debut under the PFL banner in 2023.

Paul has signed a multi-fight contract with PFL and will compete in a new division, known as Super Fight, with events on pay-per-view. No fights have been lined up for the YouTube star-turned pro boxer yet, who intends to compete in both boxing and MMA this year.

Paul confirmed the news in an interview with the New York Times, which was first to report the news on Thursday.

“This is about changing MMA, disrupting, innovating, and creating the next big league,” Paul said.

In the Super Fight division, fighters are expected to earn at least 50 percent of the pay-per-view revenue, with bouts distributed by ESPN and DAZN, per the New York Times report. Paul has been a heavy advocate for fighter pay, constantly taking aim at Dana White and the UFC for not giving fighters a sufficient share of the revenue and sales from pay-per-view.

Paul has teased starting a fighter union or association, and he and his business partner Nakisa Bidarian, an ex-Chief Financial Officer for the UFC, reportedly now own an equity share of the PFL. Paul’s role has been officially dubbed as “Head of Fighter Advocacy,” where he’ll be posting about the PFL on social media.

Paul was last seen in action when he defeated UFC legend Anderson Silva by unanimous decision in an October boxing match at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Ariz., even scoring a knockdown in Round 8. The 25-year-old is 6-0 as a professional boxer.

MMA Junkie’s request for additional comment from Paul and Bidarian on the PFL signing was not immediately returned.


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