Demetrious Johnson rips Jake Paul for taunting MMA fighters: ‘Do f—king mixed martial arts’
Demetrious Johnson has supported Jake Paul’s boxing career in the past, but the former UFC champion is now imploring the social media star to try his hand at mixed martial arts (MMA).
Johnson, who meets Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a special rules bout at ONE X this weekend, is widely regarded as one of the best MMA fighters of the past decade. Prior to his transition to ONE Championship, “Mighty Mouse” completely decimated the competition inside the Octagon and nearly collapsed the UFC flyweight division in the process.
Like many MMA fighters, Johnson has a unique take on Paul’s rise to fight stardom and what he did inside the boxing ring. Johnson has publicly stated that he supports Paul because he trains like a “full-time athlete,” but now “Mighty Mouse” is hoping Paul decides to go to the cage.
“If Jake Paul thinks he’s that bad at boxing and all that, hats off,” Johnson said. MMA enthusiast. “You are 3-0, 4-0 as a boxer. Do some fucking mixed martial arts. I did an interview the other day and I was like, ‘Everyone is worried about fighting this person, let’s see how much money I can make with this person.’ I was like, ‘Just do mixed martial arts.’ You think you’re awesome, do it. If I thought I was a badass boxer, I’d say, “Let me box.” Even when they offered me this fight, it’s Rodtang. I was like, ‘I’m going to fight muay thai.’ »
” I do not care. What’s the worst thing that can happen? am I getting knocked out? OK. I go home, I train, I prepare for the next one. If I win, what will happen? I’m going home, I’m going to prepare for the next one. So for me, I could say I did, I tried. As you get older, you find that you don’t punch people for trying. For me, when someone’s like, ‘Ah blah, blah, blah, you guys suck at MMA.’ It’s like, ‘Then come do it.’ If you succeed, good job. You lose, you tried.
Paul, who is 5-0 in his professional boxing career, is coming off a huge knockout against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley last December (watch HERE). The social media star has previously hinted at a potential crossover with MMA, but it looks like Paul will continue boxing for now.
In fact, “Problem Child” announced his planned return to boxing early Friday.