Jake Paul has revealed early negotiations have begun for a ‘money-fight’ with UFC star Conor McGregor.
The Irishman has recently suffered defeat to Dustin Poirier, and is set to be out of action after being forced to retire in the opening round with a broken leg.
And YouTube sensation Paul has suggested that fight negotiations are already underway, with the American also adding that he believes his current opponent Tyrone Woodley is a much ‘harder test’.
“I think it will happen. Look, I mean, I’m the money fight for Conor McGregor right now,” Paul told Colin Cowherd.
“There is no other fighter right now who is on a bigger level than me that is calling out Conor McGregor and wants to fight Conor.
“Our team is in touch with his team and there’s talks of it actually happening.
“And people at first thought I was just joking when I said I wanted to fight him.
“But now it’s as real as it gets, it’s more real than ever and by the way, if we do fight, I’m going to knock him out.
“I think Tyron Woodley is a harder opponent than Conor McGregor.”
Paul has already begun a war of words with the 33-year-old branding him a ‘piece of s***’ after McGregor was defeated by Poirier at UFC 264 in his third fight with ‘The Diamond’.
He also had a $100,000 necklace made to troll the UFC superstar’s broken leg injury, and sent it as a gift to his opponent to commemorate his early stoppage glory.
The YouTuber is now set to face off with another UFC star in Woodley later in the year, who he feels is a more ‘dangerous fighter’ despite weighing over two stone heavier than the former UFC champion.
“Conor, I think the fame, the money has got to his head, he’s lost that fighters edge, that motivation. And look, he’s a smaller guy,” Paul continued.
“He’s 5-what-8? He’s 155-pounds, Tyron Woodley is a 200-pound, massive, explosive guy, so he’s a lot more dangerous fighter than Conor McGregor.”
Paul is set to have to wait an extended period to get his fight against McGregor however, with the Irishman set to face ‘up to a year’ out of action after receiving surgery for his injury after the trilogy bout.
The Irishman has since claimed he had ‘stress fractures’ ahead of the fight with Poirier that he suffered in training camp, while UFC president Dana White also revealed he has had long-term issues with ‘chronic arthritis ‘ that have threatened to hamper his fighting career.
After assessing the photos however, a sports doctor has casted doubts over the injuries stating that he cannot see the fractures in medical images.
Poirier has also issued a response to the claims, stating that he believes they are just ‘excuses’ and that he was just the better fighter in the opening round.
The former two-weight champion has an uncertain future in the UFC, which has taken another blow as he slid further down the rankings to #9 after Islam Makhachev’s victory over Thiago Moises.