June 12, 2021

Logan Paul invited to make MMA move after Floyd Mayweather exhibition

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Logan Paul could make the move to MMA after being told he is welcome at one of the world’s biggest promotions.

Paul went eight rounds with Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition bout on Sunday night and is now considering his fighting future.

No winner was declared in the bout but defied the odds to make it to the final bell against ring legend Mayweather.

And he appears to have an invite to join Bellator MMA, should he choose to pursue a career in the cage.

“We know he’s a high school all-star wrestler from Ohio,” president Scott Coker told MMA Fighting . “I think they’re just getting better and better at combat sports. If he wanted to get into MMA, we would do it.

“I definitely would put them in the cage, but when I say that, they’re not going to go out and fight in a real fight against a guy like Gegard Mousasi.

“We’d treat them like any other fighter with the experience that they have and take it from there.”

Paul and Coker held talks about a prospective Bellator fight in January 2020 while he was in Florida for his brother Jake’s professional boxing debut against AnEsonGib.

YouTube star Logan Paul could make the move to MMA
YouTube star Logan Paul could make the move to MMA
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However, the onset of the coronavirus pandemic just weeks later put a stop to any talks and Paul instead went on to agree a deal with Mayweather.

And Coker believes his value has risen considerably after going eight rounds with 50-0 former world champion and pound-for-pound great.

“This kid has shown athletic ability to go in there with Floyd,” Coker added. “The thing with Floyd, come on, how many people could do that? Go eight rounds with Floyd.

“You can’t tell me Floyd at some point in the fight [wasn’t] trying to take it to him and he couldn’t put him away. So to me, that is a victory for Logan, as far as I’m concerned. As far as combat sports, I think Logan just upped his value.

“Was it a great fight? No, it was a lot of dirty boxing going on in that fight but let’s face it, Floyd usually goes and closes the gap and takes care of business and he didn’t do it this time.”

Paul reportedly made an eight-figure sum to fight Mayweather, and the event sold a reported 650,000 pay-per-views before taking into account streaming and international figures.

And he could return to combat sports soon, after he returned to his Puerto Rican boxing camp to help brother Jake prepare for his fourth professional boxing match against Tyron Woodley.

Both brothers have been engaged in a long-time rivalry with Bellator prospect Dillon Danis, who is 2-0 inside the cage, and a renowned Jiu-jitsu practitioner.

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