Jake Paul calls out Paddy Pimbett to $1 million sparring match, UFC star responds with counter offer
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Jake Paul has called out Paddy Pimblett to a $1 million sparring match, with the UFC star responding with his own challenge.
Pimblett pulled no punches as he slammed Paul's most recent win over UFC legend Anderson Silva, calling it a 'fix'.
'The Problem Child' now boast victories over former UFC fighters Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley and the aforementioned Silva.
But the Liverpool fighter isn't convinced about the American's boxing career, claiming his decision victory against Silva was 'fixed'.
"They are a gang of idiots. I give Jake Paul his due now, he’s training that much he probably could beat some professional boxers," he said.
"He’s got unlimited funds and he hasn’t got to do anything else, he hasn’t got to go and do a job all he’s got to do is box.
"And he gets the best coaches in, the best nutritionists in, and stuff like that. Jake Paul is actually not that bad now, even though I think his fights are fixed."
On the validity of Paul's fights, 'The Baddy' added: "I don’t think the Tyron Woodley knockout was fixed because when you get knocked out like that and you land face first, if you’re not unconscious you’re going [puts arms out]. You can’t help it. That’s a human reaction.
"But I seen an angle of a punch he hit Anderson Silva with the other day when he sat down, and he didn’t even hit him."
Paul has wasted no time in responding, calling Pimblett out to a sparring match while slamming his assessment of Silva.
He's incentivised his deal by offering the UFC lightweight star $1 million if he wins the clash.
However, if Paul wins, he wants Pimblett to join the United Fighters Association.
On Twitter, he uploaded a video of himself responding to Pimblett's claim, accompanied with the caption: "Dear Paddy Pimblett, you claim my fights are rigged? Stop calling the GOAT Anderson Silva a criminal and come spar me.
"You win, I give you $1 million. I win, you join the UFA."
Pimblett countered Paul's offer, challenging him to a spar in Las Vegas ahead of his UFC 282 bout against Jared Gordon.
He told TMZ: "Of course [I'm interested], but I'm under contract by the UFC and [Jake] said this knowing full well I'm fighting next week, know what I mean?
"As if he does not know I'm fighting next week and he's like, 'I'll fly you to Puerto Rico.' Come to the PI next week. Come to the [UFC Performance Institute] next week and bring $1 million in a bag and I will spar with you."
The 27-year-old added: "I'm in the PI in Vegas on Thursday, I land on Thursday, so even though I'm low on calories and I'm only about 170, he likes picking on smaller people anyway. But if he wants to wait until after my fight until the Monday, because I'm still in Vegas til the Tuesday, but I'm about 185, 190 pounds, I'm game!
"Tell him not to worry, he can come to PI and we can get in the cage. Simple as."
Paul vs. Pimblett? Watch this space.