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Jake Paul's Sparring Partner Says It's 'Disturbing' That Training With YouTuber Paid Better Than Entire MMA Career

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Jake Paul's Sparring Partner Says It's 'Disturbing' That Training With YouTuber Paid Better Than Entire MMA Career

Anthony Taylor says he made more money working as Jake Paul's sparring partner for two months than he did throughout his entire MMA career.

The 32-year-old American, who has competed in organisations such as Bellator MMA, Universal Reality Combat Championship and BAMMA, worked alongside the YouTube personality in the build-up to his bout against Ben Askren in April.

And ahead of Paul's fight against former UFC champion Tyron Woodley, Taylor has once again helped his friend for August 29. In fact, he turned down a chance to fight in Cage Warriors to take part in sparring as he prepares to come up against Tommy Fury on this weekend's undercard.

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In a recent interview, Taylor, who last fought against in January 2020, said it was "disturbing" that sparring with Paul paid better than his entire MMA career (7-5-0).

"I had the opportunity to fight in Cage Warriors but I couldn't pass up the money Jake was offering," Taylor told Betway Insider.

"I'm getting paid more money as Jake's training partner in two months than I made in my whole entire MMA career in six years. I swear to god, I made more money with Jake in two months than my whole MMA career.

"That's disturbing when you think about it, because I fought for Bellator. I've fought two top five contenders in Bellator and I had a good run. It's time to take it up a notch and fight for the UFC.

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"Jake's ready to go, we're just fine-tuning his technique, we don't need to break down the body, we don't need the hard sparring. Just expect that Jake is going to look amazingly different.

"The kid gave up his house in California to move to Puerto Rico to train and he's ready to go. Tune in on August 29th for some fireworks from him and from me as well."

Jake Paul has called out the UFC and Dana White on a number of occasions regarding the issue of fighter pay and his latest dig involved Conor McGregor.

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"I see something that's wrong in the system, and I didn't like it," Paul told True Geordie Xtra's YouTube channel.

"I know how hard it is to be a fighter. When I see a tyrant like Dana White treating the fighters like shit, that's how it started and it's something that's been needed to be talked about for years.

"Since Conor [McGregor] has recorded all five of the Top-5 pay-per-views in UFC history, he's brought so much value to the sport.

"It's crazy to see that McGregor is still at their mercy and is still a victim of whatever percentage they take."

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Featured Image Credit: anthony_prettyboy/Instagram

Topics: Tyron Woodley, Bellator, Jake Paul, Tommy Fury, UFC, Dana White, Anthony Taylor

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