Michael Bisping REJECTED an offer to box YouTuber Jake Paul because ‘it wasn’t enough money’

Michael Bisping REJECTED an offer to box YouTuber Jake Paul because ‘it wasn’t enough money’ as the UFC legend praises ‘smart’ internet star for ‘knowing how to p*** people off’

  • Michael Bisping rejected an offer to fight Jake Paul due to the low sum offered 
  • Paul, 24, is pursuing a boxing career and has defeated three non-boxers 
  • Bisping, 42, says he received an offer before Paul agreed to fight Ben Askren
  • The British fan-favourite praised Paul for ‘knowing how to p*** people off’ 
  • The YouTuber has riled Floyd Mayweather and Daniel Cormier in recent weeks 

Michael Bisping has confirmed that he received an offer to fight YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul, but the UFC legend deemed the sum too low as the American pursued a bout with Ben Askren instead.

Paul, 24, has stirred fury among boxing and MMA fans after setting about a career in the ring. The YouTuber is undefeated in three professional bouts against non-boxers, most recently knocking out retired UFC star Askren inside the first round.

The Problem Child has been linked with a clash against Tommy Fury as well as Dillon Danis and Kamaru Usman, while he was involved in a bust-up with boxing great Floyd Mayweather in Miami this week.

UFC legend Michael Bisping rejected an offer to fight YouTuber Jake Paul in a boxing match 

The 24-year-old has pursued a boxing career and has defeated three non-boxers professionally

The 24-year-old has pursued a boxing career and has defeated three non-boxers professionally

And Bisping, Britain’s first and only UFC champion, has revealed that he had received an offer to take on the YouTuber, having been rumoured to take on Paul after he viciously knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson.

‘I got offered a contract, it wasn’t enough money,’ the 42-year-old told LowKickMMA. ‘They made an offer and it was some decent cash. But, if I’m going to make a fool out of myself by boxing a YouTuber, then I’d want a bit more for that.’

Bisping retired in 2018 and has since pursued punditry roles with the UFC, often commentating Octagon-side for the organisation’s biggest events. The Count said that a fight with Paul would have been ‘free money’.  

Bisping, 42, says the offer received was too low and did not tempt him out of retirement

Bisping, 42, says the offer received was too low and did not tempt him out of retirement

‘I’m not going to come out of retirement, but that’s essentially free money to me. If the number was big enough, then I’d be a fool not to go and pick up that money.’

‘But I wasn’t pursuing it. And I think if anything, I think Jake was very clever. I think he just used me to try and make it seem like he was looking for real challenges. 

‘Because we got sent an offer and we countered with more than double. And we never heard anything again, and then we got the news that he’s fighting Ben Askren.’

Paul’s antics have angered several big personalities in boxing and MMA, including Mayweather and former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier – who squared up to the 24-year-old at UFC 261 last month.

The Count praised Paul for 'knowing how to p*** people off' and attract a lot of attention

The Count praised Paul for ‘knowing how to p*** people off’ and attract a lot of attention

The American has riled boxing great Floyd Mayweather and UFC legend Daniel Cormier

The American has riled boxing great Floyd Mayweather and UFC legend Daniel Cormier

But Bisping has praised the American for his ‘smart’ venture into boxing. 

‘Listen, good for Jake Paul,’ he added. ‘You can’t hate on the guy. Everyone is trying to get ahead in life, and he’s been smart enough to take his YouTube following and parlay it into a boxing career.

‘The guy is obviously passionate about the sport. He trains very hard. He’s a switched-on guy. He knows how to p*** people off and everyone being p***ed off, all that emotion, that transfers into dollars in the bank account.’

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Kamaru Usman sends chilling warning to Jake Paul as pair continue war of words on Twitter

‘I can change your life in the worst way’: Kamaru Usman fires back at Jake Paul with chilling warning by claiming ‘this is how people truly get hurt’ after YouTuber-turned-boxer attempts to rile up UFC champion over ‘Disney kid’ comment

  • Kamaru Usman has sent a chilling warning to Jake Paul over facing him in a fight
  • Paul – a YouTuber-turned-boxer – has called out the UFC champ in recent weeks
  • Usman claimed he ‘wasn’t a Disney kid’ when challenged by ex-Disney star Paul
  • Paul responded by posting a picture of Usman with his daughter at Disney World
  • In response, Usman warned Paul he can change his life ‘in the worst way’

Kamaru Usman has issued a chilling warning to Jake Paul by claiming he can change his life ‘in the worst way’ as the war of words between the pair rumbles on.

After delivering a sensational KO win over Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 261, Usman insisted that he was happy to take care of Paul after the YouTuber-turned-boxer had a heated confrontation with Daniel Comier during the event.

Paul accepted the challenge and tried luring Usman into a boxing fight if UFC president Dana White, who has been strictly against giving Paul any limelight, would allow it.

YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul is looking to face as many high-profile fighters as he can

Kamaru Usman (left) has sent a chilling warning to Jake Paul (right) over facing him in a fight

The UFC welterweight champion responded to Paul’s challenge by saying he ‘doesn’t do play fighting’ and that he ‘isn’t a Disney kid’ – referring to Paul’s past as being a television star for the company.

Paul continued the back-and-forth on Twitter by posting a picture of Usman posing for a photograph with his daughter and Mickey Mouse at Disney World, trying to contradict the Nigerian’s claims.

Once again, Usman responded to Paul over Twitter who continues to try and raise his own profile by trying to fight a current world champion in mixed martial arts.

‘I understand you think this is a game which is probably why you don’t realize that this is how people truly get hurt,’ Usman wrote on Twitter. ‘I don’t play fighting and I can change your life in the worst way.’ 

After Paul posted a picture of Usman at Disney World with his daughter (above), the Nigerian responded by claiming he can change his life 'in the worst way'

After Paul posted a picture of Usman at Disney World with his daughter (above), the Nigerian responded by claiming he can change his life ‘in the worst way’

Paul is making a name for himself in the combat sports world by competing against big-name athletes in the ring. 

He knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson and followed it up with the heavy KO of Askren, who was almost exclusively a wrestling-based fighter in MMA. 

Usman has not been known for his heavy hands but showed another level to his game in separating the dangerous Masvidal from consciousness. 

There’s no doubt a bout with Paul would be hugely lucrative but the UFC are unlikely to sanction a cross-over fight for Usman, especially with the celebrity putting himself on the wrong side of Dana White. 

He recently wrote: ‘In my third fight, I made more money in total pay than any fighter in UFC history. 

Usman (right) delivered an emphatic knockout to Jorge Masvidal (left) at UFC 261

Usman (right) delivered an emphatic knockout to Jorge Masvidal (left) at UFC 261

Paul was in attendance and is chasing fights with MMA stars having beaten Ben Askren

Paul was in attendance and is chasing fights with MMA stars having beaten Ben Askren

After calling out Paul, Usman warned him to 'stay on that side' of combat fighting

After calling out Paul, Usman warned him to ‘stay on that side’ of combat fighting

‘Maybe it’s time to pay your fighters their fair share? No wonder they all want to get into boxing. Dana, you say you make the fights the fans want to see, so hurry up and make [Jon] Jones vs. [Francis] Ngannou. Pay them their fair share. $10 million purse for each guy plus pay-per-view.’   

Paul is aware of how much traction he can get by playing the pantomime villain and was cage-side for Usman’s win over Masvidal. 

Whether White will release any of his fighters from their contracts to compete with the 24-year-old is another matter entirely.

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Colby Covington brands ‘joke’ Conor McGregor ‘the laughing stock of the MMA community’

Colby Covington brands ‘joke’ Conor McGregor ‘the laughing stock of the MMA community’ as UFC welterweight hits out at ‘WASHED UP’ Irishman amid his bitter feud with 170-pound king Kamaru Usman

  • Colby Covington has labelled UFC star Conor McGregor a ‘joke’ and ‘washed-up’ 
  • The Irishman has been embroiled in a bitter feud with champion Kamaru Usman
  • Welterweight contender Covington has dismissed the Irishman’s credentials 
  • Covington claims that McGregor is ‘the laughing stock of the MMA community’ 
  • McGregor has one win in his last three fights and recently lost to Dustin Poirier 

Colby Covington has branded Conor McGregor a ‘joke’ and ‘the laughing stock of the MMA community’ as the welterweight contender weighed in on the Irishman’s feud with champion Kamaru Usman.

McGregor, 32, has teased a move up to 170 pounds to take on the all-conquering Nigerian Nightmare, who he has accused of ‘copying’ his one-liners and fighting style. 

However, the Irishman is unlikely to move up in weight in the near future as he bids to avenge his January defeat to Dustin Poirier and kickstart his tilt at the lightweight title. 

Colby Covington has labelled UFC star Conor McGregor a ‘joke’ in a series of stinging remarks

McGregor is embroiled in a feud with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman over 'copying'

McGregor is embroiled in a feud with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman over ‘copying’

And Covington, who is No 1 contender at welterweight, has dismissed McGregor’s credentials as a worthy challenger at 170 pounds, claiming that the Irishman’s feud with Usman is attention-seeking on the 32-year-old’s part.

‘I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard about it and that’s obviously just Conor trying to get some hype, get some headlines,’ Covington told MMA Fighting. 

‘Come on, dude, the guy just got knocked out by ‘Dustin Sorry-ier.’ Come on, are you serious? You want a title shot at 170? You’re getting beat up by gatekeeper lightweights and now you want to come to the top of the 170 welterweight division?

However, 170-pound contender says McGregor is 'washed up', dismissing his credentials

McGregor has just one win from his last three UFC fights

However, Covington (left) says McGregor (right) is ‘washed up’, dismissing his credentials

He said McGregor is 'the laughing stock of the MMA community' after losing to Dustin Poirier

He said McGregor is ‘the laughing stock of the MMA community’ after losing to Dustin Poirier

‘Everybody knows what Conor’s doing. He’s not really gonna do that. He’s not gonna come up and fight welterweight. 

‘He’s just doing that to grab attention, to grab headlines, make people think he’s being taken seriously because honestly, he’s a joke.’

Covington added that McGregor, who has one win and two losses from his last three UFC fight, is ‘washed up’ and ‘has nothing left in the tank’. 

‘He’s the laughing stock in the MMA community and even to casual fans because they’re just like, “Conor’s washed up. He’s done.”

‘He made all that money with his whiskey, he made all that money for the Mayweather fight, he has no motivation. 

‘Nothing gets him up early in the morning to go fight. He tries to say it’s for his kids but man, the guy’s done. He has nothing left in the tank.’ 

The No 1 contender at welterweight is hoping for another shot at champion Usman next

The No 1 contender at welterweight is hoping for another shot at champion Usman next

Usman broke Covington's jaw as he suffered a fifth-round stoppage defeat to the champion

Usman broke Covington’s jaw as he suffered a fifth-round stoppage defeat to the champion 

McGregor takes on Poirier for a third time on July 10, with the lightweight pair tied at a one win apiece over each other. Covington believes that his former American Top Team team-mate, Poirier, will defeat the Irishman again.

‘Yeah, and that’s not saying like Dustin Sorry-ier is any good or like, is anything special. Because the guy’s not. The guy’s a gatekeeper at lightweight. He’s nothing more. All in the big fights he always gets knocked out and beaten. He’s a jobber, that’s the definition of what Dustin Sorry-ier is.’ 

Usman has vowed to ‘lap’ his competition and Covington is the next contender in his sights after knocking out Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261.

The welterweight king faced his toughest test against the loudmouth American when they first met at UFC 245, winning via fifth-round stoppage having broken Covington’s jaw in the midst of the enthralling contest. 

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Kamaru Usman warns ‘Disney kid’ Jake Paul not to challenge him

‘Stay on that side… I don’t play fighting’: Kamaru Usman warns ‘Disney kid’ Jake Paul not to challenge him after YouTuber-turned-boxer promised his ‘biggest pay day’ in cross-over bout

  • Kamaru Usman elevated his stock even higher with KO of Jorge Masvidal  
  • Jake Paul wrote ‘challenge accepted’ in trying to lure Usman into boxing match 
  • But UFC welterweight champion warned him that he ‘doesn’t play fighting’ 
  • Paul was in crowd at UFC 261 and has called out Dana White over fighter pay 

Kamaru Usman has warned Jake Paul that he ‘doesn’t play fighting’ and told the YouTuber-turned-boxer to ‘stay on his side’ of combat sports. 

The welterweight champion’s stock is at an all-time high after delivering a sensational KO win over Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 261. 

And Paul indicated that he wants to lure Usman into a boxing match having easily dispatched Ben Askren on April 17. 

Kamaru Usman defeated Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 and Jake Paul wants to box him

Paul was in attendance and is chasing fights with MMA stars having beaten Ben Askren

Paul was in attendance and is chasing fights with MMA stars having beaten Ben Askren

Paul tweeted: ‘Challenge accepted. @Usman84kg if your boss Dana gives you permission to box me and make more money than you ever have, let me know and we can lace them up. I promise it will be your biggest pay day.’

But the Nigerian Nightmare later responded, writing: ‘Keep making your money young man, and stay on that side. I ain’t no Disney kid and I don’t play fighting.’

Paul is making a name for himself in the combat sports world by competing against big-name athletes in the ring. 

He knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson and followed it up with the heavy KO of Askren, who was almost exclusively a wrestling-based fighter in MMA. 

Usman's stock has never been higher and he has a claim to be pound-for-pound No 1

Usman’s stock has never been higher and he has a claim to be pound-for-pound No 1

Usman has not been known for his heavy hands but showed another level to his game in separating the dangerous Masvidal from consciousness. 

There’s no doubt a bout with Paul would be hugely lucrative but the UFC are unlikely to sanction a cross-over fight for Usman, especially with the celebrity putting himself on the wrong side of Dana White. 

He recently wrote: ‘In my third fight, I made more money in total pay than any fighter in UFC history. 

‘Maybe it’s time to pay your fighters their fair share? No wonder they all want to get into boxing. Dana, you say you make the fights the fans want to see, so hurry up and make [Jon] Jones vs. [Francis] Ngannou. Pay them their fair share. $10 million purse for each guy plus pay-per-view.’   

Usman wants to stay in the octagon and warned Paul to remain 'on that side' of fighting

Usman wants to stay in the octagon and warned Paul to remain ‘on that side’ of fighting

Paul is aware of how much traction he can get by playing the pantomime villain and was cage-side for Usman’s win over Masvidal. 

He was involved in a confrontation with former UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who left his spot on commentary duty for the altercation and later claimed he would ‘torture’ the YouTuber for ‘disrespecting’ his legacy. 

The entire crowd chanted ‘f*** Jake Paul’ in unison and presenting himself as the enemy to MMA is undoubtedly a shrewd move. 

Whether White will release any of his fighters from their contracts to compete with the 24-year-old is another matter entirely.  

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Jorge Masvidal open to fighting Nick Diaz as he targets return just days after UFC 261 defeat

Jorge Masvidal ‘more than willing’ to fight Nick Diaz having beated his brother Nate at UFC 244 as he targets return to the octagon just days after being knocked out by Kamaru Usman

Jorge Masvidal insists he would be ‘more than willing to throw down’ with Nick Diaz later this year as he looks to regroup following his emphatic defeat by Kamaru Usman on Saturday.

Usman produced a stunning knockout to defend his welterweight title in the main event at UFC 261, leaving Masvidal to ponder his next move after his brutal second round loss.

While the result was disappointing for the American, Masvidal is already outlining his return to the octagon for later this year but insists he won’t be rushed into taking any fights at short notice.

Jorge Masvidal is already targeting a return to the octagon after his defeat by Kamaru Usman

However, a fight with Nick Diaz has been mooted after he was spotted in the crowd at UFC 261, sparking talk that a long-awaited return to the sport is on the agenda. 

Revenge will also be on the cards for Nick seeing how Masvidal beat his brother Nate at UFC 244. And while he picks himself up following back-to-back defeats by Usman, Masvidal believes a fight with Nick makes a lot of sense.

‘Definitely, Nick is a stud,’ the 36-year-old told ESPN when asked if a fight with Diaz was on the cards. ‘If Nick wants to throw down I’m more than willing to throw down. Like I said, I’m going to do it on my time, I’m not taking short-notice fights, no matter who it is

Usman (right) emphatically knocked Masvidal (left) out in the main event at UFC 261

Usman (right) emphatically knocked Masvidal (left) out in the main event at UFC 261

‘I’m not going to do that right now. But, if Nick does want to fight towards the end of this year, what can I say, I’m here. You want to do right for your little brother?

‘Let’s go. I heard a lot of interviews that he wasn’t too keen on what I did to his little brother. Neither would I,’ Masvidal continued. 

‘I feel for Nick in that situation. I know what I’d wanna do if somebody did that to my little brother. So, let’s go.’ 

Nick Diaz has not fought in the UFC since UFC 183 in 2015, when his fight with Anderson Silva was declared a no contest. 

Masvidal insists he would be open to fighting Nate Diaz (pictured) later on this year

Masvidal insists he would be open to fighting Nate Diaz (pictured) later on this year

The 36-year-old beat Nick's younger brother, Nate (right), at UFC 244 in November 2019

The 36-year-old beat Nick’s younger brother, Nate (right), at UFC 244 in November 2019

However, after watching his brother Nate’s defeat by Masvidal, the 37-year-old told ESPN in 2019 that he wants to fight ‘Gamebred’ after not being happy with Masvidal’s reaction to the win.

The pair were ready to meet at UFC 235 in 2018 but a deal was never reached, which saw Masvidal go on to fight Darren Till instead.

But while a return for Diaz is still no certainty, Masvidal insists he is ready to be his next dance partner should he decide to step back inside the octagon. 

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Fans have taken to Twitter to mock Masvidal over his knockout defeat to Usman at UFC 261

‘Jorge went from laughing to dreaming very fast’: Memes pour in as fans ruthlessly mock Masvidal for smirking moments before his knockout defeat to Kamaru Usman at UFC 261

  • Supporters have taken to Twitter to mock Jorge Masvidal for his knockout defeat
  • Kamaru Usman knocked out Masvidal in the second round at UFC 261 last night
  • Fans have mocked Masvidal for laughing just seconds before being knocked out  

Fans have taken to Twitter to mock Jorge Masvidal over his knockout defeat to Kamaru Usman at UFC 261.

Usman overcame Masvidal by unanimous decision when the pair faced-off at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi last July. However, it is last night’s knockout that has caught the fans attention.

The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ stunned Masvidal with a straight right hand in the second round, forcing referee Herb Dean to step in. 

Supporters have taken to Twitter to mock Jorge Masvidal (right) for his knockout defeat

Kamaru Usman knocked out Masvidal in the second round at UFC 261 last night

Kamaru Usman knocked out Masvidal in the second round at UFC 261 last night

Dean ended the fight to see Usman successfully defend the welterweight title for the fourth time.

Fans were quick to take to social media to mock Masvidal for laughing at Usman just second before being knocked out. 

One fan Tweeted saying: ‘Masvidal went from laughing to dreaming very fast.’

While another added: ‘Masvidal was laughing at the start of this video. LMAO. Kamaru Usman sucked all the joy out of him in second’.  

Other joked that it was Dean who ‘ran to prevent Usman for putting Masvidal into a coma’.

While several other supporters took to Twitter to share memes over Colby Covington’s reaction to the fight.    

 

Usman’s victory over Masvidal has extended his MMA record to 19 wins and just one defeat.

The Nigerian-American UFC star has not suffered a defeat since his clash with Jose Caceres in 2013.  

Speaking after the fight Usman said: ‘I told everybody, I’m still getting better. The sky’s the limit for me as long as I’m doing this.

‘I know with my fundamentals, I am the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet right now.’

While Masvidal later admitted that it ‘hurt’ to suffer his first knockout defeat.

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