Jake Paul brutally knocked out former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in the sixth round of their fight this past month.
The finishing blow was so violent and intense that for several seconds in the aftermath people actually feared for Woodley’s long-term health.
Once it became clear that Woodley was okay, fans once again went over the footage from that fateful night. And that’s when a select few noticed something very suspicious.
Ever since then, rumors have persisted that Paul’s victory over Woodley wasn’t quite on the up and up.
This week Woodley appeared on The MMA Hour and addressed once and for all whether he took a dive in that now-infamous fight against Paul.
“Yeah, I took a mother***ing dive but it wasn’t on purpose,” he said.
“That mother****er hit me with some sh*t [laughs]. I just feel like this, be real, man. People resonate with real. Remember the time when Sean Sherk was being accused of steroids and he got popped with the drug test and he was saying somebody put it in the supplement, and we never forgave him?
“When Chael Sonnen popped a positive test he said, ‘That’s it? That must’ve been a bad day.’ He went into it and we never brought it up again. People f**k with realness and they fuck with being authentic.”
That said, Woodley did acknowledge that he and Paul have become business partners.
“Yeah, I’ve been talking to him,” Woodley added. “We’ll talk every day. We gonna do some business. We was already business partners. He didn’t pay me to let him fucking knock me out. No amount of money can say, ‘Hey, let me knock you the fuck out bro.’ No, I’m not doing that.”
So there you have it. Take that for what it’s worth.
Paige VanZant kept it real. https://t.co/68mlyaHLpE
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 20, 2022
This isn’t the first time one of Paul’s victories came under scrutiny. There was talk about rigging after his first win over Woodley. Beyond that, a dubious video showed some anomalies that went into the now-notorious Ben Askren knockout.
This kind of talk just seems to follow Paul around.
For better or worse, he is one of the biggest names in boxing right now. And if recent history is any indication, fight-fixing chatter will likely persist so long as the former Youtube sensation keeps dropping UFC stars like they’re a bad habit.