It’s no secret that Jake Paul is looking to embark upon an MMA career and the YouTube star has now started training BJJ in expectation of it, alongside ADCC head organizer Mo Jassim and top ATOS black belt Michael Perez. While Paul started out his career as a Youtuber and grew an incredible following in the process, he has spent the last few years pivoting and dedicating his time to a combat sports career instead. It all started back in 2018 when Paul took his first amateur boxing match against another YouTuber and finished him in the fifth round.
Since then, Paul has made the transition to professional boxing and racked up an impressive 6-0 professional record against increasingly difficult opposition. Although his first two opponents were another YouTuber and NBA player Nate Robinson, he quickly adjusted to taking on opponents with combat sports experience. First he managed to convince wrestler and MMA fighter Ben Askren to compete against him in a boxing match, knocking him out in the very first round. Then he had a pair of fights with former UFC welterweight world champion Tyron Woodley, winning both of them and even knocking him out in the second fight.
His most recent fight was his most impressive however, as he took on the striking legend Anderson Silva in 2022 and went the distance across eight rounds to win a unanimous decision against him. Then earlier this year Paul decided to take on an entirely new challenge by making the transition to MMA instead, signing a contract with PFL. This will obviously require a massive overhaul in what Jake Paul is training of course, and he’s just had his first BJJ training session with ADCC head organizer Mo Jassim and ATOS black belt Michael Perez in order to kickstart his development.
It remains to be seen who Paul will be fighting when he does make his MMA debut for PFL, but it’s clear that he’s taking the preparation for it just as seriously as he did his boxing career. Paul has phenomenal star-power too so when he does make his professional debut, it’s almost certainly going to be the biggest event that PFL has ever staged and may even be one of the biggest PPVs in MMA history.
The footage of Jake Paul having his first BJJ session with ADCC head organizer Mo Jassim and Michael Perezwas uploaded to the official Instagram account of PFL: