The contracts are signed for Jake Paul’s next boxing match. Paul will face a mixed martial artist making his professional boxing debut again.
This time around, it won’t be one of the worst strikers in MMA history (Ben Askren). In fact, it’ll be a former UFC welterweight champion in Tyron Woodley, who has seven knockout wins on his MMA resume.
Woodley wasn’t re-signed after losing in the final fight of his UFC contract in March. He lost his fourth consecutive bout when he was submitted by Vicente Luque at UFC 260.
The Ferguson, Missouri, native is 39 and on a losing slide, but he represents a significant step up in class for Paul, who has dusted AnEsonGib, Nate Robinson and Askren with three knockout victories in only four total rounds.
Woodley owns a 19-7-1 career MMA record, losing by KO only twice. Nate Marquardt and Colby Covington are the only two fighters to beat Woodley by KO.
Woodley gave ESPN’s Ariel Helwani a gold quote that you can see here in the tweet below:
The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened the fight as a pick ’em on Sunday:
However, other books have chimed in today at different prices.
William Hill opened Paul as a -149 favorite early this morning, but the odds have moved up to -189. Woodley is a +150 underdog.
Other books have Paul available at less expensive prices. 5Dimes has the internet personality installed as a -150 favorite with Woodley as a +120 underdog. Bovada has Paul at -175 vs. Woodley (+145), while BetOnline has the favorite at -160 (Woodley +130).
The scrap will go down at a to-be-determined location on Aug. 28. Showtime will provide the telecast on pay-per-view.
The contest will take place in a 20X20 ring and the fighters will use 10-ounce gloves. Woodley is accustomed to the four-inch gloves used in the UFC.
“I have a list of people I plan on shutting up with my fists,” Paul said in a statement provided to ESPN, “And as I enter my fourth pro fight, I am excited to knock the first one off the list by challenging myself against a five-time UFC champion known for his knockout power. Tyron’s a seasoned striker who has fought the best in the world. I certainly respect his career, but I will be sending Tyron into a permanent siesta on August 28.
“Maybe this time (UFC president) Dana White will actually be a man and put his money on his former champion instead of trying to undermine my success like a jealous ex. Influencer vs MMA: let’s get it on. It’s showtime.”
The 24-year-old Paul recently signed a multi-fight contract with Showtime after his win over Askren was produced by the Triller promotion.
Nakisa Bidarian, an adviser to Paul who is the CEO of BAVAFA Sports, told Helwani that Paul and Woodley will face off Thursday in Miami at a press conference to promote the bout.