Report: Ex-UFC Welterweight Champ Tyron Woodley to Box Jake Paul

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 1, 2021

Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Jake Paul have reached an agreement to meet in a boxing match later this year.

Multiple outlets confirmed that the bout is in the works following an initial report from The Athletic. The bout will air on Showtime, and a face-off to promote the fight will reportedly take place in Miami later this week. A date and location for the matchup are also expected to be announced later this week.

Woodley is no longer under UFC contract following four consecutive losses within the Las Vegas-based promotion. He last appeared at UFC 260, where he was submitted in the opening round by Vicente Luque on March 27. “The Chosen One” was the UFC welterweight champion from July 2016 through March 2019.

Paul, who recently inked a multi-fight deal with Showtime, is coming off a first-round knockout off former Bellator and One Championship title holder Ben Askren in April. Woodley was in Askren’s corner for that bout. After rising to prominence as a YouTube personality, Paul has gone 3-0 as a professional boxer, including a KO of NBA veteran Nate Robinson.

“This will be the hardest fight I’ve had, the toughest opponent by far, the most known opponent,” Paul wrote on his Instagram stories. “We will break another boxing PPV record.”

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