Jake Paul joins MMA organization PFL as Fighter, Head of Fighter Advocacy

Jake Paul is set to make the most dramatic move of his combat sports career so far by agreeing to a multi-fight deal to compete for the mixed martial arts organization PFL (Professional Fighters League).

Paul, the YouTube sensation who rocked boxing and stormed promotions with a 6-0 start to his professional career, is now expected to compete in both sports in 2023.

“I've proven myself in and out of the boxing ring, and now I'm going to do the same in MMA – and there's no limit to the positive impact I can have on the sport,” Paul said in a statement. by PFL. “I plan to enter the PFL SmartCage and once again show the world that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.”

The PFL deal involves a collaboration between Paul and the league, coinciding with the launch of a new “Super Fight” category that will see its events broadcast on pay-per-view.

When Paul first took up boxing, many suspected, like many other celebrity fights, that his bouts would bring a lot of hype but little sporting substance. However, he has quieted skeptics with his dedication to improving his fighting skills, and his last four wins have all come against MMA athletes — Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley (twice) and Anderson Silva.

Outside the ring, she has shown her commitment to the sweet science of promoting the rights of female fighters and has vowed to do the same in MMA.

“I am associated with the PFL for the development of the sport,” added Paul. “I believe in the PFL, their mission and what they have accomplished in such a short amount of time. I invite all top MMA fighters, both male and female, to join the PFL and get paid like never before.”

The PFL statement indicated that the Super Fight division will hold two events this year and will be “open for business” immediately. Its most attractive element is the promise of a groundbreaking revenue split that will see fighters earn at least 50% of PPV take. Paul has been a critic of Dana White and has repeatedly claimed that the UFC boss underpays his fighters.

In addition to fighting for the PFL, Paul will also take on a role as head of fighter advocacy, where he is expected to use his vast social-media platforms to drum up interest in the league.

Paul's most recent fight was a unanimous points decision victory over UFC legend Anderson Silva on October 29.

His move to MMA is another bold move that will inevitably lead some to question whether he can possibly be competitive given his limited experience in the sport.

If Paul has shown anything up to this point, it's that he should not be underestimated.

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