Combat sports are no longer what they were. The times of Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Anderson Silva, and Georges St-Pierre are over. These legendary fighters presided over eras where fans loved them for their magnificent fighting abilities. Yet now, a joke of a situation has emerged with the arrival of YouTube ‘personalities’ like Jake Paul.
Paul and his older brother Logan are just two of several internet personalities to enter the sacred space of combat sports. This has angered many fans and fighters, who feel that they are disrespecting everything that worked for and love. However, Tyson claimed that they saved the sport. Is he right? We don’t think so. So today, we looked at 20 reasons that caused combat sports to devolve into a joke in the ‘Jake Paul Era.’ Check out the list below via Deadspin.
20. Fans Fall for it
One of the worst aspects of this nonsense direction is that fans actually believe that the Paul brothers have a chance against elite combat sports athletes. A quick look at any comments section on any social media post about Logan Paul’s upcoming exhibition against Floyd Mayweather will show the ridiculous nature of this. In short, they say that because he’s bigger he can knock Mayweather, arguably the best defensive boxer of all-time, out.
The reality is that Mayweather will dissect him and could seriously hurt him. The same goes for Jake Paul, who consistently calls out Conor McGregor. However, the same demographic of fans believe that he has a puncher’s chance against the former two-weight UFC champion. This is not even a joke it’s so unfunny. UFC President Dana White threatened to send two-weight women’s champ Amanda Nunes after him because there are levels to combat sports.