Saturday night’s high-profile boxing match between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley had lofty expectations. Paul, the YouTube sensation-turned-boxer, already had notched a split decision victory over the former UFC champion in August. But the opportunity for a rematch arose after Paul’s original opponent, Tommy Fury, dropped out weeks before their scheduled bout due to a severe chest infection and a broken rib.
Immediately after their first fight, the two agreed to a rematch, so long as Woodley got a tattoo that read, “I love Jake Paul.” Woodley followed through on the wager in September (albeit with a tattoo on his middle finger), and when Fury dropped out, Paul and Woodley quickly set off on the path for a rematch.
“The rematch, it always made sense,” Paul said. “It didn’t make as much sense as me fighting Tommy Fury fight then and there. [Woodley is] ready, and he did get the tattoo. He was the only one on the list, really, that can sell pay-per-views. I can’t just go in there and fight some journeyman like most of these boxers do.”
Ahead of the bout, Paul boasted a 4-0 record in his young boxing career and had knocked out all of his opponents, except Woodley. Paul hoped to restart that streak after the fight.
Meanwhile, Woodley looked to get revenge by settling the score and cashing in on a $500,000 incentive by knocking out Paul.
In the end, Paul once again exerted dominance over Woodley and followed through on his promise of starting a new knockout streak with a KO early in the sixth round.
Plenty of stars shared their thoughts on the sequel fight once the decision was final.
He really put him to sleep 😴😴😴
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) December 19, 2021
He needs to fight Boxers !!! Wow🔥 @jakepaul
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) December 19, 2021
💤 dat boy .. sheesh
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) December 19, 2021
— Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia (@DannySwift) December 19, 2021
O my god!!!!!!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) December 19, 2021
Damn! You could hear that overhand from a mile away 😮💨
— Randa Markos (@randamma) December 19, 2021
Wow… Say it ain’t so.. unbelievable..
— Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) December 19, 2021
@danawhite @ufc I quit . Jake Paul needs some act right !
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) December 19, 2021
Wow congrats to @jakepaul
But always fighting little guys. Please come and fight a HWY with power and chin! 💯👊💯 pic.twitter.com/0f029snt6H
— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) December 19, 2021
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) December 19, 2021
Prayers 🙏🏽 @TWooodley you’re a legend in the sport of MMA and I pray you’re safe
— #NCF11 fights in bio 🚨 @CrisCyborg (@criscyborg) December 19, 2021
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) December 19, 2021
Man, if y’all let Tyron Woodley fight one more dang time I swear!!
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) December 19, 2021