Jake Paul working on PFL deal for MMA debut in 2022
Jake Paul is coming to MMA.
The 24-year-old social media sensation, now 5-0 as a professional boxer with four knockouts, is currently in “advanced talks” with the Professional Fighters League (PFL), sources told MMAmania.com, and could make his “Smart Cage “. debut as early as this year.
Paul, a Division 1 fighter from Ohio, is expected to train at the AKA gym in San Jose.
The 6’1 ”cruiserweight would not be part of the 2022 championship tournament and would instead position itself as a featured attraction, in much the same way that prominent“ sweet science ”Claressa Shields has been used in recent months.
Without a doubt, Paul will be one of the main candidates to start the jump from promotion to pay-per-view (PPV) in 2022; however, “The Problem Child” could also help launch a new television partner, depending on your timeline to compete.
Paul currently has a contract with Showtime Boxing and his pending MMA deal is not expected to interfere with that deal. Furthermore, there seems to be little urgency for Paul to return to the ring, despite this urgent plea from rival Tommy Fury.
It also helps that Paul has multiple destinations available for his transition to MMA, even though UFC president Dana White slammed it down. Bellator MMA, which already has an existing partnership with Showtime Sports, is also looking to board the Paul train in 2022.
With that said, sources indicate that Paul is leaning towards PFL to maintain greater control of his brand, while also utilizing some of the technological advancements of social media promotion and integration, a calling card for the expert. in technology “Problem Child”.
A decision is expected in the next few weeks.