Social media influencer-turned-boxer Jake Paul has signed a multi-year contract with the Professional Fighting League and plans to compete in both boxing and MMA in 2023.
The New York Times was the first to report the story.
Paul, 25, will compete in a newly created division called Super Fight in the PFL. He will be a part of future PFL PPVs as part of the deal.
Paul has been hoping to move into MMA for some time and signed a contract with the PFL that is actually quite unique. As part of the deal, Paul and his business partner and former UFC CFO Nakisa Bidarian own a stake in the PFL.
Paul’s title at PFL will be known as “Head of Fighter Advocacy.” Bidarian will work with the PFL on league operations and logistics, according to the New York Times.
In Paul’s Super Fight division, fighters will reportedly earn at least 50 percent of PPV revenue. The PFL will air on both ESPN and DAZN. The division is designed, as the name suggests, for superfights with fighters who are already tied in the sport.
“This is about changing MMA, disrupting, innovating and creating the next big league,” Paul told the NY Times.
Paul, 6-0 in boxing, competes against MMA fighters in boxing. He has defeated Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley and most recently Anderson Silva. Paul earned a unanimous decision win over the MMA legend recently in Arizona.
There are currently no fights announced for Paul in either boxing or MMA.