Jake Paul has hit back at UFC legend Chuck Liddell after his social media callout.
Liddell, 51, offered to fight the controversial YouTube star after a fan tweeted asking him to shut Paul up, and branded him a ‘clown’.
And in an Instagram post last night, Paul struck back at Liddell, sharing a photo of the pair after his win over Ben Askren, which he claims the former UFC champion ‘begged’ him to take.
He said: “This guy Chuck Liddell begged me for a pic after my fight and now is talking s*** on Twitter.”
Paul is 3-0 as a pro, with 1 win at amateur level, and is currently on the lookout for a new opponent, ideally with noted striking credentials.
Ex-champ Liddell has 13 career knockouts on his legendary MMA resumé that includes scalps over Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture and Alistair Overeem among others.
However, his last fight was a devastating KO loss to Ortiz in a trilogy fight promoted by Oscar De La Hoya in 2018, and he hasn’t won in over a decade.
It’s unlikely that Paul will choose Liddell as his next opponent for that and other reasons, including concerns over his ability to be cleared by an athletic commission in most states.
Antonio Tarver was scheduled to face Frank Mir on the undercard of Jake’s April fight night, but couldn’t get licensed due to rules around his lack of fights having turned 50 two years prior.
Paul had previously angled for a fight with UFC superstar Nate Diaz, who returns to the cage after almost two years at UFC 263 against Britain’s Leon Edwards.
But Dana White poured cold water on the idea in an interview with ESPN on Tuesday, where the MMA supremo shut down the idea of ‘loaning’ one of his fighters to Triller Fight Club for a big money boxing match.
Paul planned to use victory over Diaz to catapult him into a bout with two-weight world champion McGregor.
But with that fight seemingly off the table, the Ohio native will have to turn his attention to other challenges for his next bout.
Bellator’s Dillon Danis – who trains with Conor McGregor appears to be the frontrunner after a lengthy back-and-forth between the pair.
Tyron Woodley has thrown his hat in the ring, as well as British businessman turned boxing pro Joe Fournier and his long-time YouTube rival JJ ‘KSI’ Olatunji.