Kamaru Usman has issued a chilling warning to Jake Paul by claiming he can change his life ‘in the worst way’ as the war of words between the pair rumbles on.
After delivering a sensational KO win over Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 261, Usman insisted that he was happy to take care of Paul after the YouTuber-turned-boxer had a heated confrontation with Daniel Comier during the event.
Paul accepted the challenge and tried luring Usman into a boxing fight if UFC president Dana White, who has been strictly against giving Paul any limelight, would allow it.
Kamaru Usman (left) has sent a chilling warning to Jake Paul (right) over facing him in a fight
The UFC welterweight champion responded to Paul’s challenge by saying he ‘doesn’t do play fighting’ and that he ‘isn’t a Disney kid’ – referring to Paul’s past as being a television star for the company.
Paul continued the back-and-forth on Twitter by posting a picture of Usman posing for a photograph with his daughter and Mickey Mouse at Disney World, trying to contradict the Nigerian’s claims.
Once again, Usman responded to Paul over Twitter who continues to try and raise his own profile by trying to fight a current world champion in mixed martial arts.
‘I understand you think this is a game which is probably why you don’t realize that this is how people truly get hurt,’ Usman wrote on Twitter. ‘I don’t play fighting and I can change your life in the worst way.’
After Paul posted a picture of Usman at Disney World with his daughter (above), the Nigerian responded by claiming he can change his life ‘in the worst way’
Paul is making a name for himself in the combat sports world by competing against big-name athletes in the ring.
He knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson and followed it up with the heavy KO of Askren, who was almost exclusively a wrestling-based fighter in MMA.
Usman has not been known for his heavy hands but showed another level to his game in separating the dangerous Masvidal from consciousness.
There’s no doubt a bout with Paul would be hugely lucrative but the UFC are unlikely to sanction a cross-over fight for Usman, especially with the celebrity putting himself on the wrong side of Dana White.
He recently wrote: ‘In my third fight, I made more money in total pay than any fighter in UFC history.
Usman (right) delivered an emphatic knockout to Jorge Masvidal (left) at UFC 261
Paul was in attendance and is chasing fights with MMA stars having beaten Ben Askren
After calling out Paul, Usman warned him to ‘stay on that side’ of combat fighting
‘Maybe it’s time to pay your fighters their fair share? No wonder they all want to get into boxing. Dana, you say you make the fights the fans want to see, so hurry up and make [Jon] Jones vs. [Francis] Ngannou. Pay them their fair share. $10 million purse for each guy plus pay-per-view.’
Paul is aware of how much traction he can get by playing the pantomime villain and was cage-side for Usman’s win over Masvidal.
Whether White will release any of his fighters from their contracts to compete with the 24-year-old is another matter entirely.