Legendary UFC middleweight Jorge Masvidal has weighed in on the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley fight, tipping his old teammate Woodley to get the job done and knock Jake Paul out when the pair face off a week on Sunday (August 29).
Woodley, a former UFC welterweight champion will go toe-to-toe with YouTuber-come-boxer Paul at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland in the latest of a series of crossover boxing matches served up by the Paul brothers, Logan and Jake.
Bizarrely, though Woodley has spent the last decade competing against some of the very best MMA fighters to ever grace the Octagon, and though he holds Ws over a murderer’s row of elite talent: Stephen Thompson, Robbie Lawler, Kelvin Gastelum & Carlos Condit (to name but a few…), The Chosen One heads into his first pro boxing bout vs. a former Disney presenter as the betting underdog!
America’s premier sportsbooks FanDuel and DraftKings have Woodley listed at around +150, whereas Paul sits pretty at -100.
The betting public clearly shares the oddsmakers’ sentiments, too: a whopping 70% of US bettors are wagering their hard-earned on a Paul victory!
What does Jorge Masvidal make of Paul’s chances vs. Woodley?
But, one man who unsurprisingly isn’t going with the crowd on this one is Fight Bananas’ favorite, Jorge Masvidal. In a recent interview with MMA Hour, Gamebred had this to say on the Woodley vs. Paul bout:
“He has a ton of experience over him. So if Jake wins, f***ing wow. My hat’s off to him, I was wrong. I don’t know s**t about fighting, right? But, chances are Woodley is gonna knock him the f**k out.”
It’s not the first time Masvidal has backed his former teammate in a public forum, mind. Gamebred had earlier stated his thoughts on the fight, remarking:
“He (Paul)’s gonna get killed by my boy Woodley.”
What have Tyron Woodley and Jake Paul said about their upcoming bout?
Askren, a former One and Bellator welterweight champion, didn’t even survive to hear the bell at the end of the first: Paul caught him with a vicious hook early on, taking a huge win in – surely – one of the biggest upsets in combat sports history?
Woodley seems unphased, however: in a recent interview with ESPN, the former UFC star had this to say of Paul:
“Easiest fight of my career & biggest purse of my career all in one night. Basically, they brought me in to take out the trash. Can’t wait to shut this b***h up. This is getting done for the culture, the whole MMA/boxing community, to rid this guy of combat sports.”