UFC Legend Doubts YouTuber Paul Brothers Boxing Cred
Logan and Jake Paul made huge names for themselves on YouTube and across social media. Over the past couple of years, the Paul Brothers boxing careers have paved the way for social media influencers’ boxing matches. The concept of exhibition boxing matches is nothing new to the space. Jake and Logan Paul have certainly leveraged it to gain even more notoriety in the online world.
Logan Paul has had three matches in his short career, twice against KSI and once against the legendary boxer, Floyd Mayweather. Jake Paul, meanwhile, has had five fights against the likes of professional Basketball Player Nate Robinson, former Bellator MMA and ONE Welterweight Champion Ben Askren and former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley.
Both the Paul Brothers are undefeated and have through their social followings alone have definitely benefited from the fights. Personalities and celebrities from across the spectrum have shared their opinions on the brothers and their careers. However, a new voice has piped up to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the matches.
MMA Legend Alistair Overeem, a Dutch Kickboxer, was on Chris Wiedman’s podcast “Won’t Back Down” when the topic of conversation turned to the Paul brothers. Overeem concedes that the Pauls are running a great business in regards to their fights and status on social media, but he also likens the fights more to Professional Wrestling than actual boxing. The Dutch MMA Legend believes the matches are orchestrated and the results are pre-determined.
Here is a full quote from the Wiedman podcast “Won’t Back Down”.
Good for them but they would never, if it becomes threatening or dangerous, they’d never do it. They would never come into MMA. They are doing something that they feel is ‘Hey, this kind of feels like the cards are stacked on my side’ but they would never take a risk to really get hurt like we’re doing – a real fight against a real killer. Time and time again they are doing the safe, easy, playing part. It’s not real fights what they’re doing.Alistair Overeem on the podcast “Won’t Back Down”
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