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Paddy Pimblett claims Jake Paul’s ‘fights are fixed,’ Paul responds with $1M challenge

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Paddy Pimblett feels like not all of Jake Paul’s pro boxing bouts are on the up and up.

Pimblett, who will face Jared Gordon in the co-main event of UFC 282, which takes place Dec. 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was asked about Paul, and the YouTube boxing scene in general, and while he thinks Paul is taking the sport seriously, “The Baddy” is not convinced Paul’s results haven’t been a bit pre-planned.

“They are a gang of idiots,” Pimblett said on Pub Talk. “I’ll give Jake Paul his due now, he’s training [so] much that he probably could beat professional boxers. He’s got unlimited funds and he hasn’t got to do anything else. He hasn’t got to go do a job, all he’s got to do is box. He gets the best coaches in, he gets the best nutritionists in, and stuff like that.

“Jake Paul is actually not that bad now, even though I think his fights are fixed.”

When asked to expound on the fight fixing accusations, Pimblett looked to Paul’s recent decision win over former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva — more specifically, the late knockdown that sealed the fight for Paul.

“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 to put your arms out],” Pimblett explained. “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, he didn’t even hit him.”

Pimblett is 3-0 with three finishes thus far in his UFC run, and will face his toughest opponent to date inside the octagon at the promotion’s final pay-per-view event of 2022.

When it comes to a potential opportunity to face a YouTube or social media boxer in the future, Pimblett is more interested in the boost of his bank account than a specific opponent.

“[I’ll fight] any of them, it’s an easy payday,” Pimblett said. “I don’t want to box any of them, I don’t care about them. I do this proper and professionally against some of the best fighters in the world. But if any of them want to pay me millions of pounds to beat them up, I’m all for it.”

On Tuesday, Paul responded to Pimblett, while offering him a sparring bet: if Pimblett wins, Paul will pay him $1 million. If Paul wins, Pimblett has to join the United Fighters Association — Paul’s newest venture in helping MMA fighters get better pay, benefits, and more.

Update: Pimblett responded to Paul’s challenge saying he accepts and invited Paul to Las Vegas to make it happen.

“Come to the [UFC Performance Institute] next week and bring $1 million in a bag and I will spar with you,” Pimblett told TMZ.

“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 until Tuesday [after UFC 282], and I’m about 185, 190 pounds, I’m game.”

Update: Paul responded Wednesday morning.

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