After weeks of speculation, Jake Paul and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley have made a deal for a fight to take place on Showtime pay-per-view.
Sources familiar with the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting following an initial report from Athletic’s Mike Coppinger.
The fight is expected to go official later this week with a press conference that will feature Paul and Woodley for the first time. A date and location for the fight will also be announced at this time.
The showdown between the YouTube celebrity-turned-boxer and the former UFC champion has been raised for much of the past two months, with both fighters expressing interest in making it happen. Woodley served as a cornerman for longtime teammate Ben Askren when he faced Paul in April, that fight ending in dramatic fashion after the 24-year-old Ohio native toppled the retired fighter. of the UFC with just one punch in the first round.
Since that time, Woodley has offered his services to face Paul in the ring following his exit from the UFC following the conclusion of his last contract. Woodley left the UFC on a four-game losing streak after being widely regarded as one of the best welterweight champions in promotion history.
As for Paul, the ever-outspoken social influencer currently has a perfect 3-0 record in his boxing career with all three fights ending in KOs, including the fight against Askren as well as his previous game against the ex-player. NBA Nate Robinson.
After his last fight was promoted by Triller, Paul signed a multiple fight contract with Showtime Sports with his clash with Woodley which is expected to serve as the first fight on that contract.