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Jake Paul Set to Make MMA Debut Later This Year After Signing with PFL

YouTuber Jake Paul has been paving his way as a boxer for quite some time, and he’s getting ready to make the next big step later this year. Paul is plotting his MMA debut after signing a multiyear contract with the Professional Fighters League. Paul joined forces with the PFL to launch a new pay-per-view division, known as Super Fight and received an equity share in the PFL. Unlike most UFC fighters, who are usually earning less than 20% of total revenue, those taking part in Super Fight will receive 50%. Paul said he’s proven himself in and out of the boxing ring, and now he wants to do the same in MMA. "This is about changing MMA, disrupting, innovating, and creating the next big league… There is no limit to the positive impact I can make on the sport. I plan to enter the PFL SmartCage and once again show the world that anything is possible with hard work and dedication," said Paul in a statement. Paul made his boxing debut in 2018, fighting British YouTuber Deji Olatunji in an amateur contest via TKO. He kept rising through the ranks in the years to come, winning fights against the likes of Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, and Anderson Silva. The dates of his future MMA fights area yet to be announced, but he’s planning to make his debut in 2023.