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Jake Paul laughs off UFC star Jorge Masvidal's $20m fight demand


Paul made Masvidal a career-high purse offer to switch over to the boxing ring for a massive pay-per-view fight, but was shot down and told to up the money 300 per cent

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Jake Paul has laughed off Jorge Masvidal’s demand to be paid $20million on top of pay-per-view revenue for a crossover boxing match.

The YouTube star made a career-high purse offer to Masvidal for a $5m fight, as well as a piece of the fight’s earnings from pay-per-view sales.

Masvidal, one of the biggest stars in the UFC, is currently under contract with the top MMA promotion, and says it would take a monstrous deal for Dana White to allow him to box.

But it was referring to the $5m guarantee, which would be more than any of his previous fights and most of his pre-2019 career combined, as “chump change” that caused Paul to laugh out loud.

A Twitter user noted that Masvidal had likely made nothing close to that in the majority of his previous fights put together, which drew the mocking reaction from Paul.

“Jorge Masvidal says the $5 million Jake Paul offered him for a boxing match is chump change,” a user posted.

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Jake Paul and Jorge Masvidal were once friends
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“In 50 MMA fights Masvidal has made a total of $3.5-4m in his career.”

Paul responded “lololololololol”, although the numbers in that tweet are likely not telling the full story of Masvidal’s career earnings over the years.

The UFC star’s biggest fights, both against Kamaru Usman for the UFC title, took place in Abu Dhabi and Florida, both jurisdictions that don’t disclose fighter payouts.

He is said to have earned $500,000 for his UFC 244 headliner against Nate Diaz; his first outing after catapulting to global fame with his flying knee knockout of Ben Askren months prior.

Before that bout with Askren, Masvidal was essentially just another name on the UFC’s roster, never earning a massive pay increase over his years in the promotion.

But his next two fights against Usman were a part of a new deal that was struck at the eleventh hour to save the UFC 251 card on Fight Island, which Masvidal says was most of what he had been angling for in negotiations.

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So it would be likely that given pay-per-view bonuses and sponsorships, the fighter has earned a bit more than $4m during his fight career to date.

However, a $5m payday with a PPV bonus would be far from “chump change”, and could see the UFC star make a generational amount of money that could touch eight figures depending on buys.

Paul is currently celebrating his win over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at the Amalie Arena on Saturday night, while Masvidal is expected to return to the octagon next year.

The pair were once friends, with the YouTube star training with Masvidal ahead of his boxing match with Ben Askren and even phoning the UFC star in to their pre-fight press conference.

But their relationship has since gone sour, and it now appears that Paul is attempting to line up a fight with the two-time UFC title contender.

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