Former UFC middleweight champion Bisping was among the six fighters Paul had shortlisted for his return to the ring in August
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Jake Paul has challenged Michael Bisping to prove his fitness to earn a fight with the YouTube star – and a $1million purse.
Former UFC middleweight champion Bisping was among the six fighters YouTube star Paul shortlisted for his return to the ring in August. He responded to the call by accepting the fight, but doubted Paul would pull it off given his habit of picking opponents smaller than him.
“Come on Jake-Paul, do you know that I’m about your size? Surely that excludes me from your hit list?” he continued Twitter. Paul wasted no time in replying, saying, “I’d KO you worse than Hendo. You’re an easy fight but show me you can get a license and I’ll show you $1 million plus PPV…”
Paul was referring to Bisping’s KO loss to rival Henderson at UFC 100 in 2009. Bisping won the middleweight title by stopping Luke Rockhold in 2016 before outing Henderson in his rematch four months later. But the Manchester man struggled with an eye injury in the latter stages of his career and is unlikely to be licensed by a commission.
The 43-year-old last fought in 2017 when he was stopped by Kelvin Gastelum after losing his middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre just three weeks earlier. Bisping now works as a UFC commentator while also hosting his own podcast.
Paul’s shortlist also included another former UFC middleweight champion and boxing legend in Anderson Silva Floyd Mayweather, Tommy FuryBrother of world heavyweight champion Tyson, ring legend Oscar De La Hoya and ex-rugby player Sonny Bill Williams.
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“Everyone I’ve fought has made promotion, nobody has matched my star power, so I’m looking for someone who can match my star power,” said the 25-year-old THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas. “We could fight in Australia, America or the United Arab Emirates. Oscar, if you watch this man get off the couch and start exercising because we can do it.”
Paul has won each of his five pro fights; against YouTuber AnEsonGib, former basketball star Bate Robinson and against former UFC stars Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley. Paul was last seen knocking out Woodley in their rematch in December and is expected to return to the ring in August.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/jake-paul-offers-michael-bisping-26724175 Jake Paul is offering Michael Bisping a $1m fight - if the UFC legend can prove fitness