Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov says Jake Paul wouldn’t last more than a few minutes with him in an MMA fight

Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says that Jake Paul wouldn’t last more than a few minutes with him in an MMA fight.

Paul has emerged over the past two years as a star in the sport of boxing, and now he’s got his eyes set on mixed martial arts. Paul has made it known that he doesn’t like the current pay structure in MMA and he hopes to change it, starting with making sweeping changes in UFC fighter pay. Of course, that isn’t stopping Paul from continuing to call out both boxers and MMA fighters. Recently, “The Problem Child” said that he would beat Nurmagomedov if they ever fought due to his edge in the striking department.

Nurmagomedov, though, doesn’t think Paul knows what he’s getting himself into. Speaking to the Full Send Podcast, “The Eagle” fired back at Paul, saying that he would defeat him in mere minutes. While Nurmagomedov admitted that Paul is a decent boxer, he doesn’t think he would stand a chance against him in MMA. But if Paul wants to test himself out in the sport, then Nurmagomedov would sign him to Eagle FC, but only to fight someone else instead.

“Come on, Jake Paul. I don’t think so. Like in MMA, (I’ll beat him in) like a couple of minutes,” Nurmagomedov said. “He’s late a little bit because I’m finished (with my career). Of course, we can think about this. Like I watched his sparring, or I watched some video where he’s doing, like, MMA with someone. He has to learn a lot. In boxing, he knows how to punch. He’s not bad like in the boxing game. Anybody can box. You can box, too, but you never can wrestle. This is completely different. If he wants, we can give him a chance. We can sign him, and we can pay him, and we’ll see.”

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