The first matchup between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley didn't exactly leave fans clamoring for a second go-round, but the rematch at least delivered a definitive finish.
In the cruiserweight main event of "Paul vs. Woodley 2" on Saturday in Tampa, Florida, Paul crushed Woodley with a right hook in the sixth round, leaving the former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champ prone and unconscious on the canvas. It was a shocking conclusion to an unexpected headline fight that had been thrown together on just 10 days' notice when Paul's originally scheduled opponent, professional boxer Tommy Fury, withdrew due to a combination of injury and illness. In stepped Woodley, who had lost to Paul by decision in a tepid fight on Aug. 29. With the devastating knockout win, Paul goes to 5-0 as a professional boxer, though all five wins have been over former MMA fighters, team sport athletes or fellow YouTubers. Woodley, who was stopped by strikes only once in a 27-fight MMA career and had never been knocked out cold, falls to 0-2, with both losses coming against Paul.
In the lightweight co-main event, unified featherweight champion Amanda Serrano cruised to a unanimous decision against Miriam Gutierrez. The 33-year-old Puerto Rican controlled the action for the entire duration of the bout, with most of the suspense coming from speculation over whether she was fighting in Nike Air Jordans. After 10 rounds, Serrano prevailed via 100-90, 99-91 and 99-90 scores.
Despite being reclassified as an exhibition the day before the event, the bout pitting former NFL player Frank Gore against former NBA player Deron Williams ended up being perhaps the most entertaining fight on the card. Three-time all-star guard Williams, who has been training at Fortis MMA, won a split decision (38-37, 37-38, 40-35) over Gore, a likely future Hall of Fame fullback who played in the NFL last season and would probably be on a roster now, had he not elected to step away and focus on boxing. Both men displayed solid boxing skills, but the 6-foot-3 Williams enjoyed significant reach over the 5-foot-9 Gore, which he employed to his advantage throughout.
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