Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will be fighting YouTube personality Jake Paul this coming week, and they’re already skirmishing on camera. Woodley has called Paul a “culture vulture” in the past, according to TMZ, but it’s much more satisfying to watch him say it to the man’s face, which he did during an interview with Ariel Helwani for Showtime Sports.
In a viral clip of the almost 40-minute interview posted by Twitter user @LobbieBrawler, Woodley challenges Jake Paul’s whole look, saying he himself is from Ferguson, MI, and wants to know if people dress like Paul does where he is from. He asks Paul how many rap songs he’s listened to. He’s basically implying that Paul is appropriating Black culture and Paul just kind of stares at him slack-jawed for a while:
The whole interview is actually unreal, and people have been picking and choosing their favorite moments, like Woodley saying, “Ask deez nuts,” after Paul lists all the people Helwani should ask about fight night payouts.
But if you watch the entire thing (I skipped around) it’s almost like they’re in couple’s counseling. It gets deep. At one point Woodley tries to convince Paul he’s corny and none of his friends will tell him and Woodley is just trying to help.
The convo has got a lot of people joking at Paul’s expense on Twitter, and at Woodley’s a little, too. Even if he’s right, the whole thing is so absurd:
The two also skirmished at the weigh in, where Paul tried to grab Woodley’s hat like he did with Floyd Mayweather, ESPN reports. Unsuccessfully.
This is all looking pretty staged, IMHO, and if one of these Paul boys doesn’t get a beat down soon, no one is going to believe this antics anymore.