Brother of fellow YouTuber-turned-boxing novice Logan, Jake Paul was not in conciliatory mood following last weekend’s UFC Fight Night and didn’t hold back when mocking Cody Garbrant following the fighter’s defeat at the hands of Rob Font in the night’s 5-round non-title main event.
As part of what seems to be a concerted campaign on behalf of the brothers to bait MMA stars from the relative safety of their adopted home in the boxing ring, the dilettante-cum-pugilist took aim at the bantamweight mixed martial artist’s stature on Twitter after the fight.
Garbrandt, who was returning to the octagon following a long layoff that included a particularly brutal bout of Covid-19 was consummately out struck on the feet by Font and was unable to utilize his wrestling game in the match, scoring only 3 out of 10 takedown attempts over the course of the contest.
It could be said that spitting in the eye of MMA fighters and promoters has been good business for Paul, having recently dispatched former two–time NCAA Division I national champion and later mixed martial artist Ben Askren and having reportedly generated huge pay-per-view revenue.
He later retweeted sports valuations reporter at Sportico Kurt Badenhausen‘s tweet pointing out that while Canelo Alvarez was the only boxer on Sportico’s 100 top-paid athletes list, both the UK’s two-time unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and one Jake Paul were mentioned in one breath as ‘just missing the cut’.
Paul has also changed his Twitter username to ‘GOTCHA HAT’, in reference to the recent fracas that ensued when the young provocateur snatched the baseball cap from the head of one of the greatest defensive boxers that has ever lived.
In a sign that nothing cannot be monetised, you can also buy Gotcha Hat merch from his website to commemorate the moment that occasioned a brawl involving Mayweather and Paul’s entourages as well as themselves.
Mayweather will again blur the lines of his retirement by engaging in an exhibition match with the older brother, YouTuber-turned-boxing nuisance Logan Paul at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on June 6th.
That the 50-0 defensive boxing legend is taking on the 0-1 internet sensation at all is a testament to the truth of Mayweather’s ‘Money’ nickname.