Youtuber Jake Paul has officially joined the MMA and is set to make his debut in 2023 after inking a multi-year deal with Professional Fighters League (PFL).
Paul has signed a multi-fight contract with the promotion and will compete in a new division, known as Super Fight which will be on pay-per-view.
Confirming the news, Jake told New York Times that the deal will change MMA.
“This is about changing MMA, disrupting, innovating, and creating the next big league,” said Paul, who later announced the move in a video posted on his you social media platforms.
“I’ve already disrupted boxing, and now it’s time to disrupt MMA,” Paul added. “I know this is such a tough sport, and it’s not going to be easy, but if I could do it in boxing, I could do it in MMA.”
Paul will also hold an advisory role as the PFL’s ‘head of fighter advocacy’. The role will see him continue with his push for fighters to get better pay from MMA in the pay-view deal.
Paul has teased starting a fighters union, and he and business partner Nakisa Bidarian, the former chief financial officer for the UFC, reportedly now own equity in the PFL.