Jake Paul demanded a rematch clause was inserted into the contract for his fight with Tyron Woodley later this year.
Former UFC welterweight champion Woodley has opened as a slight betting underdog for the fight with Paul, despite knockout wins over the likes of Robbie Lawlor on his resume, and four title defences in MMA's top promotion.
But if Woodley can upset the odds and defeat Paul in their August 28 clash, Woodley's manager has confirmed there will be a second instalment.
“Jake Paul’s team negotiated an automatic rematch clause,” Malki Kawa. told MMA Fighting. “That’s how much this is a scary fight to them. If we win this fight, if Jake Paul wants it, then we have to run it back with him.”
And despite the fact that Paul, who is 3-0 as a pro boxer with three knockouts, is seen as something of a novelty act in the boxing world, Woodley believes this is a fight with huge implications for how his fighting career will be remembered.
“This is a major, legacy fight,” Kawa continued. “Could you imagine if Tyron Woodley has lost his last four fights, comes in, demolishes this guy or say it’s a really good fight, Tyron pulls it out, goes and does another rematch, and gets paid even more for the rematch?"
"Let’s say he beats him twice in a row and then decided to hang the gloves up forever.
“His legacy, although it’s already cemented, that takes it to another level and that’s why we got paid what we got paid and for Tyron it also fires him up because it’s something completely different.
"It’s something new to train for and I think it’s an opportunity to erase the last four fights. That’s what we set out to do with this deal.”
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Woodley is expected to earn a career-high purse for his boxing debut, which will take place in a still unconfirmed venue later this year.
And his team believe that relative to the level at which Paul is fighting, he is a fantastic stylistic match-up for the former Disney star, who has been engaged in a war of words with top fighters like Kamaru Usman and Daniel Cormier in recent weeks.
“Tyron Woodley is the perfect opponent,” Kawa continued. “He’s 0-0 as a boxer, he’s a former UFC champion, he’s a little older but the guy’s got dynamite in his hands. He’s boxed his whole life.
"I think there was a time when Tyron was in LA training with Freddie Roach so it’s not like you’re talking about somebody that doesn’t know how to box.
“I talked to Nakisa [Bidarian, Paul's manager] and I said now is the time to make a match where it’s an even playing field with somebody who knows how to box. He may not be a pro boxer but it didn’t matter. To me it was just the perfect opportunity.”
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