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Blended Martial Arts-Door is open for YouTube’s Paul brothers in MMA, says Bellator president


By Christian Radnedge





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FILE PHOTO: Boxing: Mayweather vs Paul

LONDON (Reuters) – Logan and Jake Paul would make nice Blended Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, Bellator president Scott Coker has mentioned as he targets exhibition matches that includes the YouTube personalities comparable to the previous’s boxing bout towards Floyd Mayweather.



a man looking at the camera: Boxing: Woodley vs Paul - Fight Announcment


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Boxing: Woodley vs Paul – Combat Announcment

Logan Paul went the gap, surviving eight rounds towards unbeaten (50-0) five-division world boxing champion Mayweather in an exhibition on Sunday at Miami’s Arduous Rock stadium.

USA Right now reported the combat introduced in a single million pay per view buys with $50 million generated from gross sales in the US.

It was solely the second combat of Paul’s profession, whereas his brother Jake has fought in three skilled boxing matches, beating former MMA fighter Ben Askren in April.



a man wearing a hat: FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Boxing: Mayweather vs Paul - Media Day


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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Boxing: Mayweather vs Paul – Media Day

Critics have labelled the bouts a sideshow as a result of lack of sporting credibility of the duo, who made their names as social media personalities and have tens of millions of subscribers on YouTube.



a man wearing a costume: FILE PHOTO: Boxing: Mayweather vs Paul


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FILE PHOTO: Boxing: Mayweather vs Paul

Nonetheless, Coker instructed Reuters the brothers have spectacular physiques and the door is open for them to maneuver into MMA.

“I met with Logan Paul about two years in the past and I’ve spoken to Jake Paul’s supervisor and Jake on a zoom name just lately… The one factor I mentioned was hey, if you wish to do MMA we’d love to advertise you guys,” the 58-year-old mentioned in a Zoom interview.

“These guys are younger, athletic, sturdy and also you noticed the combat on Sunday evening these guys they got here and did their work.

“Mayweather couldn’t end him and I do know he tried, I heard he needed to knock this child out so unhealthy,” he added.

“After I heard each had highschool wrestling backgrounds in Ohio, which is a outstanding wrestling state within the U.S., it actually made me concerned with pursuing them in some tremendous fights in Blended Martial Arts – and that door is frequently open.”

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Bellator, owned by Viacom, is gearing up for a busy month of occasions, beginning with Bellator 260 on Friday with the headline combat between reigning welterweight world champion Douglas Lima and the undefeated Yaroslav Amosov.

Nonetheless, tremendous fights and exhibitions are the place Coker is concentrating on a youthful viewers.

“My 14-year-old niece, I instructed her I used to be going to the Logan Paul combat and he or she thought that was the best factor,” he mentioned.

“She requested me who he was preventing and I mentioned Floyd Mayweather and he or she mentioned ‘who’s that?’ – I believed wow, she doesn’t know boxing, she doesn’t know MMA, she’s only a 14-year-old woman on the web doing what they do.”

Because the sporting world gears up for the delayed Tokyo Olympics beginning in July, Coker believes MMA will function in future Video games.

“When you concentrate on blended martial arts, what you’re speaking about is boxing, wrestling, judo, taekwondo, karate – these are all Olympic sports activities,” he mentioned.

“Why wouldn’t blended martial arts finally get into the Olympics as a result of six out of the seven disciplines MMA is understood to make use of actually is already there.

“There’d be a variety of particulars to work out however to me I feel it should occur, it’s only a matter of time.”

(Reporting by Christian Radnedge,; Enhancing by Ed Osmond)

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