Daniel Cormier is not on board with Jake Paul’s latest attempt to find an opponent.
YouTube star and sometimes boxer Paul has sparked a back-and-forth on social media with retired former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping. Cormier is confused as to why the 25-year-old Bisping would exclaim, who has not fought since retiring from MMA in 2017.
“When Mike says, you want to call out a 43-year-old without knees who can’t see, then send the contract, what is it?” Cormier interviewed in a video posted on his YouTube channel. “Like, what’s the point? Some will say, ‘It’s simple, DC, he wants easy fights.’ Well, Michael Bisping, even with one eye, is not an easy battle. Do not for a moment think that Jake Paul is going to run through Michael Bisping like he did Tyron Woodley.
“Tyron Woodley was a wrestler. Ben Askren was a wrestler. Michael Bisping is a boxer and a fighter. So, with all the injuries he’s had, Bisping will still go there and fight as hard as anyone you’ve ever seen. … It will be a harder fight for Jake Paul, but what is the desired result? Does it bring you closer to being legitimized? ”
Paul increased the competition every time he entered the boxing ring. He started fighting against a fellow YouTuber, then a former NBA player, to two former UFC fighters, one of whom was a champion. Cormier believes that the search for a fight against Bisping does not meet the trajectory of his young career.
If Paul wants to continue to call out older former UFC champions whose best days are behind him, Cormier has suggested another name for Paul to draw his attention, someone with whom the former double champion shared the cage at UFC 200 has.
“Do you want an older guy to fight?” asked Cormier. “Hey, there’s a former UFC champion who does exactly what you do. His name is Anderson Silva. This is who you have to fight Jake. This is who you should call out. Because guess what, he still fits in the form. He’s a former UFC champion. Amateur boxer, because he only fought, I do not know, only five boxing fights. He is just like you, he is your partner, and he is up there in age. ”
Silva, 47, strapped on the boxing gloves after a slip of three fights led to his exit from the UFC. Since then, Silva has been up against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Tito Ortiz stood up and defeated both opponents behind his exact hit. Silva also has an upcoming boxing match for May in Dubai.
“That fight actually gives us an idea of what this thing is that you’re trying to do or portray,” Cormier said.