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Jake Paul announces next event, says Nate Diaz is ducking him in MMA

LockerRoom Team
Calendar Icon05 March 2024

Jake Paul, the polarizing figure in the world of combat sports, is wasting no time in 2024 as he continues to keep busy inside the ring. Fresh off a swift knockout victory over Ryan Bourland in Puerto Rico last Saturday, Paul (9-1, 6 KOs) has already set his sights on his next venture under Most Valuable Promotions.

Taking to social media, Paul announced the date for the next Most Valuable Promotions event, scheduled for Friday, April 26th. While it remains uncertain if Paul himself will step into the ring on that occasion, fans can anticipate another action-packed event from the controversial YouTube star turned boxer.

The tweet also hints at a potential rescheduled date for Amanda Serrano's next fight. Originally slated to headline Saturday's card defending her featherweight titles against Nina Meinke in her home country, Serrano was forced to withdraw due to an eye injury sustained while preparing for the fight. Manager Nakisa Bidarian disclosed that the injury occurred when a chemical entered Serrano’s eye during a hair appointment.

Stepping up to headline the event, Paul showcased his prowess by dispatching Bourland in the opening round. However, Bidarian announced at the post-fight press conference that fans who attended the event are entitled to a full refund. There remains uncertainty about whether Serrano will face Meinke in her next bout, as Bidarian expressed uncertainty regarding the scheduling and emphasized Serrano's desire for her final fight to take place in Puerto Rico.

Amidst the buzz surrounding Paul's boxing endeavors, questions about his potential foray into mixed martial arts arose. Currently signed to the Professional Fighters League (PFL), Paul expressed openness to competing against opponents from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), provided they can negotiate their release from contractual obligations. Notably, Paul mentioned his interest in a PFL MMA match but stressed the importance of facing the right opponent.

While lightweight veteran Tony Ferguson expressed eagerness to fight Paul, citing a desire for the matchup on a recent podcast, Paul respectfully declined the offer. Acknowledging Ferguson's recent struggles in the octagon, Paul emphasized his admiration for Ferguson and expressed reluctance to witness him endure further setbacks.

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As Jake Paul's saga in combat sports continues to unfold, fans await eagerly for his next move, be it inside the boxing ring or beyond.


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