Who Will Jake Paul Fight Next? A Look At His Next Fight After Win Over Tyron Woodley
Who will Jake Paul fight next? That's the question we're all asking ourselves following his win via split decision against Tyron Woodley on Sunday night in Cleveland, Ohio.
There are a lot of factors to consider when discussing who Paul will fight next.
The fighter has to be able to boost Jake Paul's status as a boxer, but in the end, it's all about money with Paul. Even more important than skill for Paul's next opponent is their ability to sell tickets and stir up controversy.
That's why we don't see Jake Paul taking the traditional route when it comes to trying to move up the ranks of the boxing world. Companies like Showtime have already made significant investments in Paul, so Jake Paul's next fight will need to put fans in the seat more than anything else.
Jake Paul's Next Fight
This is the one that makes all the sense in the world. Tommy Fury is not only a real boxer, which would be a first for a Jake Paul opponent, but he's also a star in his own right. Fury appeared on Love Island Season 5 and skyrocketed to fame in the UK. A fight against Jake Paul would be an international sensation, one that the promoters and sponsors may not be able to pass up.
The biggest issue with this fight right now is the way Tommy Fury performed in his win against Anthony Taylor on Sunday night. Taylor was the smaller and less experienced fighter. While Fury did win the fight easily, he didn't get a stoppage or even put him on the canvas. I still think this is the next fight for Paul, but we'll have to wait and see.
As long as both of these men are walking the earth there will be people asking for this fight. And, as sad as it is to say, this may be the best offer McGregor can get at this point. His last time in the octagon, McGregor shattered his leg in a loss to Dustin Poirier, but this wasn't a bit of bad luck in a fight he was winning. Poirier was dominating the fight to that point.
What is sad is that the last time we discussed Jake Paul's future opponents, the thought of a fight against Conor McGregor seemed impossible. Now, McGregor has lost three of his last four fights and looks to have had his best MMA days pass him by.
I'm not sure McGregor will be Jake Paul's next opponent, but I'm almost positive we will see this fight at some point in the future.
This may be the way Jake Paul gets to an eventual Conor McGregor fight. The issue here is Danis doesn't have even close to the same kind of name recognition as the first two fighters on this list. But, one thing Danis does have going for him is the fact that he's a friend of McGregor's, so this could be sold as the appetizer to the eventual Paul vs. McGregor fight.
Dillon Danis' MMA resume is far from extensive. He's just 2-0 in the cage and his last fight came at Bellator 222 in 2019. While it does make some sense given Danis' proximity to McGregor and the potential connection, is Jake Paul really going to take a step back in his next fight? Because make no mistake about it, Dillon Danis is a step back from Tyron Woodley.
If the Tommy Fury fight doesn't happen, Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz is the fight that makes the most sense to me for Paul's next bout. Nate Diaz fits all the prior requirements of his previous fights.
Former MMA star? Check. Past his prime? Check. Big name? Check. Here is where it gets interesting. Ben Askren is not a boxer. Tyron Woodley is known for his grappling. But, Nate Diaz can throw hands and has a chin of stone. Add all that to the fact that there is no way Nate Diaz would ever take a dive and this is by far the most interesting matchup.
Again, in the grand scheme of things, if Paul wants to be taken seriously as a boxer, he's going to need to fight another boxer eventually. But, I pray we get to see this fight first because the press conferences alone would be legendary.
Another one that makes all the sense in the world as far as the action in the ring is concerned. Anderson Silva has already taken his first step into boxing, upsetting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split decision in his debut boxing match.
Silva is one of the greatest MMA fighters to ever step into the cage. He's an absolutely elite striker, probably the best on this entire list, and he would give Jake Paul fits in the ring. What makes it even more attractive is the potential for an international audience.
Anderson Silva is royalty in Brazil. A potential Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva fight would bring in a ton of PPV buys. The lead-up to the fight wouldn't be as interesting as some, as Silva is rarely over the top in his fight proceedings, but the fight itself would be awesome.
The last name on this list is just like Silva, a former MMA superstar training in boxing looking to make a name for himself after he retires from the UFC. Vitor Belfort is big, not as big as McGregor, Diaz or Silva, but a big name nonetheless.
Belfort would also be interesting in press conferences and other events leading up to the fight. But, I just think too many of the other names on this list make much more sense. Why would Paul fight Belfort instead of Silva or Fury? I don't see it happening unless those fighters can't go for one reason or another.