Michael Bisping was sent a contract to fight Jake Paul, but that fight won’t happen. Ever.
While the UFC Hall of Famer would love to put Paul in his place, he does have to tip his hat to what the YouTuber has been able to achieve in a short space of time.
“Everybody wants to see him get knocked out it seems,” Bisping exclusively told talkSPORT.
“I will say this, I’m not a Jake Paul fan and I don’t know the guy, but fair play to him.
“He was a YouTuber, and has hundreds of millions of followers and making tons of money, and you can’t hate on him for that. Good for him. We all want to do that.
“He’s obviously developed a passion for combat sports and he’s parlayed that following on YouTube over to the boxing world.
Paul’s record right now is 3-0 with three knockouts. He may not have fought any boxers, but Bisping thinks he still deserves a degree of credit given the pedigree of his most recent opponent.
“Okay, he fought Nate Robinson who was a basketball player, and knocked him out. Then he fought Ben Askren, who was an MMA champion in some organisations, but couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag with his fists.
“He was still a former champion and went out and knocked him out. You can’t hate on what Jake Paul is doing, I know it’s a popular thing to do.”
Paul and Tyson Fury’s younger brother, Tommy, have been going back and forth recently and the American took a shot at him when things got heated last month.
“Fight someone real, do a real pay-per-view and then maybe we can chat,” Paul said. “The last guy you fought was 0-9. The people you fought in total have a combined record of 15 wins and 250 losses…
“Tommy, you fight for $100,000, you have some ladders to climb to get onto my level unfortunately my friend. I’m not talking about this any more, peace out. F*** you, guys!”
On the surface, that’s a pretty bold statement. Paul has only fought other athletes stepping into the boxing ring for the first time. Fury has at least been fighting boxers, albeit losing ones.
Still, Paul has a point in amongst the insults. He has headlined pay-per-views and he is making good money.
Fury was originally due to face journeyman Andy Bishop, who has a 0-11 record, in his next fight tonight – before agreeing to face 6-0 Jordan Grant instead.
“MMA is a faster rise in terms of competition, but in boxing you chip away against terrible opposition,” Bisping explained.
“He’s fighting better opponents than some people do.
“I think Jake Paul is fighting better people than him. No offence to Tommy Fury, he’s doing it the way you should in boxing.
“You step up slowly and surely, that’s not an insult to him, far from it. You can’t hate on Jake Paul,” he added.
This definitely explains why Paul feels he has the beating of the former Love Island contestant, not that Fury sees it that way.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he called it a ‘comfortable’ night’s work.
“I’m going to continue with my career so if he wants to fight, which is highly unlikely as he’s got no balls, I’ll happily take that fight.”
Battle of the records
Both men are new into their chosen careers and here’s who they have faced so far
Jake Paul (3-0)
def. AnEnsonGib (0-0) via KO (round one)
def. Nate Robinson (0-0) via KO (round two)
def. Ben Askren (0-0) via KO (round one)
Tommy Fury (5-0)
def. Jevgenijs Andrejevs (10-102) via points decision
def. Callum Ide (0-26) via KO (round one)
def. Przemyslaw Binienda (2-26) via KO (round one)
def. Genadij Krajevskij (0-11) via KO (round two)
def. Scott Williams (0-9) via KO (round two)
So who will finally knock Paul out as it appears every man and his dog wants to? One man we can rule out is Bisping, who among other things is preparing for a live tour of the UK to regale fans of tales from the octagon.
“I get asked all the time, when I do a post about working the bag, people ask if I’m making a comeback, no, I’m trying to not be fat.
“My body wants to be gigantic and I’m trying not to be fat. I’m not trying to fight Jake Paul.”
Tickets are on sale now for ‘An Evening With Michael Bisping: Tales From The Octagon’ in October.