Jake Paul has been hounding actual professional fighter Conor McGregor to come kick his butt in the ring, insulting McGregor and UFC president Dana White in videos and promising large sums of money for a fight. Why does Paul think he can stand up to McGregor? Well, he did fight ex-NBA player Nate Robinson and won.
Robinson is known as a slam dunk champion, but the muscles used to land shots on the basketball court aren’t the same ones you use to land shots on someone’s face.
It’s unclear why Paul thinks he can make such a huge jump in skill level, but McGregor has pretty much been ignoring him. When asked about it yet again, Dana White replied, “I’m thinking of letting Amanda Nunes knock his ass out.”
Nunes is the women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion and it seemed like she was amendable to the idea of knocking Paul down a bunch for everyone’s amusement on live television:
Paul isn’t so excited about the idea. He was interviewed by TMZ and in response to a question about whether he’d fight Nunes, Paul answered, “Nah, I wouldn’t fight her. Waste of time. No one knows who she is.”
“She’s the greatest women’s fighter ever,” the TMZ cameraman countered.
“She’s the greatest, but she’s got one million followers on Instagram, s—ty engagement,” Paul replied. “There’s not a lot of hype there. Plus, there’s no history. I wanna knock out Dilon because we’ve been talkin’ s—t back and forth for two years, I’ve hooked up with his girlfriend, he’s all butt-hurt about it. There’s history there. And Dillon is Conor’s best friend, and I ultimately want Conor. So why would I waste my time doing some bulls—t s—t like that?”
He also had some thoughts on why White suggested Nunes.
“And why does Dana White say, ‘Oh, I don’t want Jake to fight Conor, because Conor is one of the greatest fighters of all time.’ But so is Amanda Nunes? So is he saying women are inferior, maybe? I don’t know what the f—k he’s doing. He’s fumbling on this one. He’s not making sense with what he’s saying.”
He’s not wrong that White probably suggested a woman because he knows it would be considered especially demeaning for Jake Paul to be beaten. That is pretty misogynistic and sadly…true. He would absolutely lose and be humiliated. If Nunes is okay with being used that way, I think we all can be.