The American social media sensations have been told by MMA legend Alistair Overeem that they are “orchestrating” their fights, having stepped in the ring a collective eight times at various levels
YouTube stars Logan and Jake Paul have been accused of “orchestrating” their fights by UFC legend Alistair Overeem.
The former Strikeforce heavyweight champion believes that the pair won’t be competing in any fights where there is danger of taking a heavy loss, despite Logan still being winless.
Younger brother Jake has stopped three of his four professional opponents within minutes, but he was almost dropped by Tyron Woodley in his fourth outing.
The YouTube brothers have competed eight times collectively at various levels.
They have a white collar bout each, four professional bouts for Jake and one for Logan, and the elder sibling also took an exhibition with Floyd Mayweather earlier this year.
And despite the fact that Logan lost and drew his two competitive bouts and was hit clean multiple times in his bout with Mayweather, Overeem feels they will never get in with an opponent who can hurt them.
“He [Logan Paul] doesn’t want any,” Overeem said during a recent interview with former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
“He’s doing good, he’s going to do good business but of course, he is picking and choosing his guys right? Small, wrestler guys that don’t really [have boxing backgrounds].”
And when it was put to him that Paul got in the ring with 49-0 boxing legend Mayweather, Overeem replied: “He’s small, he’s like a 155 or something.”
“So that’s all orchestrated and it’s good for them, right?” Overeem continued.
“Good for them but they would never, if it becomes threatening or dangerous, they’d never do it. They would never come into MMA.
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“They are doing something that they feel is ‘hey, this kind of feels like, the cards are stacked on my side’ but they would never take a risk to really get hurt like we’re doing.
“A real fight against a real killer and time and time again they are doing the safe, easy, playing part. It’s not real fights.
“If you’re fighting a guy who’s 50 pounds less and Mayweather is known for winning decisions, right? That’s different than fighting Francis Ngannou.”
Jake is expected to face Tommy Fury in his next outing, while reports are circulating that Logan will take on another exhibition next year against Mike Tyson.
And the elder brother has previously indicated that he might have an interest in taking an MMA fight, given his impressive wrestling pedigree in high school.
He held talks with Bellator president Scott Coker just weeks before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last year, but nothing has materialised with the promotion yet.
“My view of the whole thing is if they would ever want to come into MMA, we’d love to have them in Bellator,” Coker said in an appearance on the MMA Hour earlier this month
“As these kids continue to get better, it’s my hope that they come to MMA, that they try and test their skills in mixed martial arts.
“They have a wrestling background, they’re athletic, young and I think it would be a lot of fun to watch them develop.”