UFC legend Chael Sonnen backs Jake Paul to join ‘rare’ group fighters that includes Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson
Chael Sonnen believes Jake Paul will be a part of an elite group of fighters when he makes his MMA debut later this 12 months.
Final week, ‘The Downside Youngster’ revealed he has signed with the Skilled Fighters League [PFL] – a rival MMA promotional firm to Dana White’s UFC.
Paul has known as out Nate Diaz however, in accordance with Sonnen, it actually doesn’t matter who the opponent is as combat followers will tune in merely to see ‘The Downside Youngster’ in a brand new sport.
‘The American Gangster’ believes solely a handful of fighters in historical past have had that sort of pulling energy and backed Jake to hitch the unique group of stars in 2023.
“Jake Paul’s debut within the PFL, that means his debut in MMA, does it matter who his opponent is? It’s a extremely fascinating query,” Sonnen stated on his YouTube channel.
“I imply, for a man to be highly effective sufficient, for a man to be fascinating and an attraction sufficient that his opponent doesn’t matter. Guys, it’s so extremely uncommon.
“They are saying over the historical past of fight sports activities, that it’s solely occurred twice, Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson. Now that checklist would want [to be] amended.
“You would want to place Floyd Mayweather on that checklist and also you would want to place Conor McGregor on that checklist, however that’s uncommon. These guys aren’t even combating anymore and that’s nonetheless the checklist.”
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“Brock Lesnar was an enormous deal. Ronda Rousey might do her share of curiosity. Khabib [Nurmagomedov] was actually by no means in that spot so we don’t know. I feel he retired the night time that he probably would have graduated to that.
“I’m simply making an attempt to indicate you ways uncommon that’s. Whether or not we deduce that Jake’s in it or not, the mere proven fact that we’re having to argue and speak it out. That proper there proves its level.”
Diaz has already distanced himself from combating Paul underneath the PFL banner.
So, the previous Disney actor will most certainly want to seek out another opponent for his debut combat.
Though, that doesn’t actually matter in accordance with Sonnen who predicts Paul’s first MMA combat can be a pay-per-view blockbuster it doesn’t matter what.