Is Jake Paul’s boxing career limited by his lack of struggle? Former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson questions whether Paul’s financial advantages hinder his growth as a fighter.
Following his recent victory over Nate Diaz, the boxing world is buzzing with speculation about Jake Paul’s potential as a fighter. During an interview on The MMA Hour, former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson weighed in on Paul’s abilities and questioned whether he is truly pushing himself to reach his full potential. Johnson, known for his expertise in combat sports, believes that Paul’s financial advantages may be hindering his growth as a boxer.
Responding to Ariel Helwani’s inquiry, Johnson explained that Paul’s lack of experience as a struggling athlete could be holding him back.
"No, Jake Paul never went through the broke athlete phase. What I mean by broke athlete phase is when I was a professional athlete, I was working 40 hours a week, driving to the gym, doing cross fit, driving to the other gym… he’s never had to go through that broke phase. He came to the sport with money, so he has access to the best trainers, nutritionists, and everything he needs. It’s just a matter of him dedicating the time to work on his skills and getting actual rounds in, joining a gym," Johnson stated.
Johnson further suggested that Paul’s comfortable training environment may prevent him from seeking out challenges that could help him grow as a martial artist.
Aljamain Sterling Accused of Seeking Media Attention with Weight Class Change
In the lead-up to his upcoming fight against Sean O’Malley at UFC 292, bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling has expressed his intention to move up to the featherweight division. However, O’Malley believes that Sterling’s motives may be driven by a desire for media attention rather than a genuine desire to compete at a higher weight class.
O’Malley expressed skepticism about Sterling’s plans, stating, "I don’t know if that’s necessarily true. If I knock him out and he takes a year off, he might reconsider moving up to 145 pounds. I don’t know how well he would perform at that weight class. At 135 pounds, he’s been dominating, so we’ll see when the time comes. I think he enjoys the attention, and the only headlines he gets are when he talks about moving up to 145 pounds. That’s the only time I ever see anything about Aljo, his weight and being a ‘weight bully.’"
Michael Bisping Weighs in on Ian Machado Garry’s Ambition
Ian Machado Garry has made waves in the UFC with his unwavering self-confidence. While some fans admire his boldness, others believe he is trying too hard to emulate Conor McGregor’s persona.
Ahead of his fight against Neal Magny at UFC 292, Michael Bisping shared his thoughts on Garry’s personality and aspirations.
"It’s natural to want recognition and to set high goals for yourself. Some people may find it off-putting, claiming he’s too cocky or trying to be the next Conor McGregor. But why not? Who wouldn’t want to be the next Conor McGregor? I’m talking about the double champ version in 2016 and the larger-than-life personality he possesses. Everyone wants to achieve that level of success and emulate it," Bisping explained.
In conclusion, the boxing world is divided on Jake Paul’s potential, with Demetrious Johnson questioning whether his lack of struggle as a broke athlete could limit his growth. Aljamain Sterling’s move to a higher weight class has raised eyebrows, with Sean O’Malley suggesting it may be a ploy for media attention. Meanwhile, Ian Machado Garry’s confidence has drawn comparisons to Conor McGregor, prompting mixed reactions from fans and experts alike.