Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley PPV Fight Date Reportedly Set for August 29

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 9, 2021

FILE - In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Tyron Woodley speaks with the media during a news conference for UFC 209, in Las Vegas. Woodley is back to defend his welterweight championship for the first time since UFC President Dana White blasted a winning performance last summer, when Woodley said he injured a shoulder during the fight.
Since that event in California about 13 months ago, Woodley had surgery and dismissed an event for an interim welterweight title as a bout for a “boo-boo belt.” The 36-year-old didn’t seem as interested in taking on the sanctioning body as he prepared to face undefeated challenger Darren Till at UFC 228 on Saturday night. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
AP Photo/John Locher, File

Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley will face off Aug. 29 in their highly anticipated boxing match, according to boxing insider Dan Rafael.

Ariel Helwani reported in June for ESPN the two had signed on for an encounter, which was tentatively scheduled for Aug. 28.

This will be the fourth time Paul has stepped in the ring for a professional bout. He has defied the skeptics so far, most recently knocking out former UFC star Ben Askren in the first round in April.

Askren was a prime example of how being an experienced MMA fighter doesn't necessarily prepare one for boxing.

Perhaps because of that, Woodley doesn't appear to be taking Paul lightly. The former UFC welterweight champion worked out with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. earlier this month.

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Woodley told Michael Bisping in June he thinks he can knock Paul out by the third round.

"I think three," he said on the Michael Bisping Podcast (h/t MMA Fighting's Jed Meshew). "First round sounds cocky, sounds dope, but I just know that if I’m fighting Tyron Woodley, everyone is going to tell him to cover up, weather the storm, clinch him, grab him, keep him away from you, stay at distance, watch out for the right hand."

Speaking on Tristar Gym's YouTube account (h/t MMA Fighting), MMA legend Georges St-Pierre, however, brought up the transition Woodley is forced to make for the August show and expressed a level of belief in Paul getting the job done.

Woodley did drop his last four fights in UFC, last beating Darren Till at UFC 228 in September 2018.

Paul tipped the scales at 191.5 pounds for the fight with Askren. Assuming that remains the case in August, he'd have a clear size advantage over Woodley, who's listed at 170 pounds on his UFC.com profile.

Losing to Woodley would undoubtedly halt Paul's momentum a bit in his nascent boxing career. On the other hand, a victory would likely put the 24-year-old on track for an even bigger marquee event down the road.