Paul is a -200 favourite for the bout, whereas Woodley has been labeled a +170 underdog. The chances are unusual if you consider the truth that ‘The Drawback Little one’ has solely three skilled boxing fights and Woodley competed on the prime degree within the UFC for a few years.
Jake Paul himself expressed awe on the betting strains, calling them “absurd” and “hilarious.” He mentioned:
“Bro, to be trustworthy, it is hilarious. Like, how did we get right here? and you’ve got been there the entire total time which is so cool. I all the time say, you realize, this man [Tyron Woodley] has been boxing longer than me…so how am I the betting favourite? That is really absurd to consider and other people say ‘Battle an actual boxer, battle an actual boxer.’ This man has been boxing longer than me. He was a UFC champion whereas I used to be doing the Disney factor.”
Nevertheless, Jake Paul being the betting favourite in his bout in opposition to Tyron Woodley clearly has some reasoning behind it. Listed here are three the reason why the YouTuber-turned-boxer is favored by bookmakers.
#3 Jake Paul has been accused of taking steroids
Famend MMA coach Firas Zahabi not too long ago made waves by claiming that Jake Paul is on steroids for his battle in opposition to Tyron Woodley.
Calling Paul larger and stronger, Zahabi speculated that Paul is utilizing performance-enhancing medication as a result of he does not need to undergo the stringest testing procedures of a UFC fighter. Zahabi mentioned:
“I didn’t wish to point out it, however my primary issue — Jake Paul’s nook, they’re going to be on all kinds of drugs. I don’t assume they check. Perhaps the week of the battle, (however) there’s no USADA. I didn’t wish to say, however I feel that’s a significant factor. After I say he’s larger and stronger and he’s extra athletic, I feel he’s mainly on PEDs. I hate to say it, however I undoubtedly assume Jake Paul goes to be on PEDs. And I don’t assume Tyron shall be on PEDs. I feel Tyron shall be completely pure. Does it make a distinction? It completely does.”
Regardless of an uproar following these feedback, Paul dismissed the allegations, saying:
“I have a look at it as a praise, proper? These MMA guys are working out of excuses on why their guys are shedding. To make a declare like that out of nowhere simply exhibits. He needs to be embarrassed. My supervisor texted me that Georges St-Pierre’s coach is saying you’re utilizing PEDs, FYI. I actually swiped my cellphone up, went to Safari, and I googled ‘what are PEDs’. I swear to god! I swear on my mother’s life! I used to be like, oh my god, these guys are attempting to do something at this level to discredit me, to make me look silly, to make any excuse. The loopy half about it’s that dude these are actual professional fights. We get drug examined, so how will you even make this declare?”
There isn’t any concrete proof to recommend that Jake Paul is on steroids, however statements coming from a revered determine within the MMA world would’ve definitely influenced the betting odds at some degree.
#2 Jake Paul’s boxing victories have had their legitimacy questioned
Jake Paul has three skilled boxing bouts on his resume, with knockout wins over YouTuber AnEson Gib, former NBA participant Nate Robinson and retired MMA fighter Ben Askren. Sadly for the 24-year-old, he has seen the legitimacy of his victories come underneath severe query.
Robinson seemed utterly out of his depth in opposition to Paul, main followers to invest that it was a setup. However issues got here to a head when ‘The Drawback Little one’ dispatched former UFC welterweight contender Askren within the first spherical.
Askren appeared to have completed no actual coaching for the battle and was utterly out of form on the day he needed to make the ring stroll. He confirmed no actual intent in the course of the battle and was even seen smiling after being knocked out.
UFC fighters like Colby Covington, Ike Villanueva and Eryk Anders gave their two cents on the matter, opining that Askren took a dive and cashed in a simple paycheck. ‘Funky’ has vehemently denied such claims, however hypothesis is rife within the MMA group.
Whereas any claims of fixing should be taken with a grain of salt, a number of outstanding MMA personalities like middleweight contender Darren Until have already claimed that Woodley will throw the battle. This, too, would’ve influenced betting strains, though ‘The Chosen One’ has laughed within the face of such accusations.
#1 Tyron Woodley’s latest preventing document is woeful
The battle sport hasn’t been type to Tyron Woodley over the past two years. After his submission win over Darren Until in September 2018, ‘The Chosen One’ misplaced 4 fights on the trot earlier than being let go by the UFC.
Woodley was first dominated by present welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who received each spherical en path to a complete determination victory. Issues did not get any higher for the 39-year-old in opposition to Gilbert Burns, who additionally coasted to a unanimous-decision win.
Colby Covington, too, turned in a supreme efficiency in opposition to Woodley, securing a fifth-round TKO victory after having his method with the previous undisputed champ. Woodley lastly mounted some offense in opposition to Vicente Luque in March, however ‘The Silent Murderer’ outstruck him earlier than choking him out within the very first spherical.
Woodley’s losses have been to top-tier competitors, nevertheless it appeared like he did not even wish to battle in his losses to Usman, Burns and Covington. There isn’t any doubt that he is a shadow of the explosive champion he as soon as was and that he is properly previous his prime. This, coupled with the truth that Woodley has by no means been essentially the most gifted pure boxer, has led to Jake Paul getting into the upcoming boxing bout as the favourite.
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