A combat between Jake Paul and Conor McGregor would make “ridiculous” cash, former UFC fighter Dan Hardy has instructed Reuters within the wake of Paul’s surprising one-punch knockout of former MMA fighter Tyrone Woodley in Florida ultimate weekend.
To start with pushed aside via many in battle sports activities as a comic story, Paul mentioned his KO of Woodley had embarrassed the UFC, however that would possibly no longer forestall them bringing in combination the social media big name and Irish former two-weight UFC champion McGregor to set the tills ringing.
“It might make such a lot cash it will be ridiculous,” Hardy instructed Reuters. “You’ve were given two guys that experience were given their very own target audience, and an target audience this is large as neatly in their very own proper.
“The one factor for me will be the (bodily) dimension distinction, that’s the one factor that will impact the sellability of the combat, however then with Conor having this kind of large character and him having a look just like the Hulk this present day, I feel it’s no doubt one thing that’s sellable,” Hardy defined.
The 24-year-old Paul has been very vocal concerning the slightly deficient pay that MMA opponents obtain, and although his sixth-round knockout had Woodley crash face first to the canvas, no less than the previous MMA fighter had the relief of one of the vital greatest paydays of his profession.
Figures published via quite a lot of state athletic commissions point out that Woodley’s MMA handbags all over his 27-fight professional profession crowned out at round part one million greenbacks, a sum simply eclipsed via his two bouts with Paul.
“From what I perceive he’s over a few million greenbacks (for the ultimate Paul combat), and that’s no longer together with all the alternatives and items and sponsorship that got here with it,” Hardy mentioned.
“He had other people on his shorts that will were paying him cash, he were given a Rolex off Jake Paul that value a gorgeous penny. There have been numerous alternative ways for him to monetise that.”
McGregor instructed Reuters that he made a staggering 140 million greenbacks from his 2017 knockout loss to Mayweather, and having suffered a damaged leg in an MMA bout with Dustin Poirier in July, few would blame him if he determined to take a cash combat in opposition to Paul whilst he nonetheless can.
The one factor for McGregor or another UFC fighter is getting the organisation’s blessing to compete in boxing, and that isn’t at all times simple.
“That’s for the reason that UFC very a lot fell like they’ve were given possession over the price of that individual’s logo. McGregor is a brilliant instance – he most likely wouldn’t were the similar logo had he no longer come in the course of the UFC,” Hardy mentioned, including that social media and more youthful lovers are extra curious about character.
“I feel individuals are extra within the folks within the combat than what they’re in fact preventing for. If Jake Paul fought Conor McGregor, extra other people would watch that than the UFC heavyweight identify.”
The 39-year-old Hardy, who misplaced his handiest UFC welterweight identify combat to Georges St-Pierre in 2010, showed that he have been launched from his contract via the UFC, however laughed on the perception that he may well be subsequent in line to stand Paul.
“ what, if his supervisor known as me and presented me the combat I might take it as it’s a large payday and I wouldn’t get knocked out like Tyrone Woodley, that’s evidently!” he mentioned.
“I don’t in point of fact be interested in preventing him, with the exception of the truth that I may just repay my space.”