Just as they are inevitably prone to doing, a pair of reality TV stars (of the YouTube variety, not even actual television) had some kind of “celebrity boxing” bout in the Internet recently, and it made a lot of money in terms of pay-per-view sales. One of the participants was Logan Paul, who, after researching him… I still have no idea who he is.
But! While awash in the glow of combat and monetary success, Paul floated the idea of fighting in the UFC. Our favorite human Pokemon Sage Northcutt took the bait, and the wheels of intrigue began turning.
Let me know when you wanna catch these hands 👊🏼
— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) August 31, 2018
Alas, this week, in the scrum following the Conor McGregor/Khabib Nurmagomedov meeting, UFC boss Dana White shot down that idea. Because really, what has Paul done in terms of combat sports? He’d get murdered.
Well, Paul has responded to White’s comments. And the YouTuber makes a very good point.
damn. you’re thinking real simple D.
“he would get hurt badly”
you let CM fight. stop acting like you do it for the sport. paycheck = fight. you have no idea what I’m capable of. https://t.co/LzKi4tJi6f
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) September 21, 2018
Ever since the UFC signed off on allowing CM Punk into the Octagon, they kind of lost the moral high ground in terms of screening out the scrubs.
Is it bad that part of me is so jaded I’m just like, “fuck it. Do CM Punk vs Logan Paul so the headliners can get some extra PPV cash from that card?”
Everybody wins, except the nebulous idea of the UFC being primarily a sport. That shark was jumped a long time ago, though.
— Iain Kidd (@iainkidd) September 23, 2018
There’s a lot of upside to letting Paul step into the Octagon. Namely, all the pay-per-view percentage points other fighters on the card might get that could be worth something.
What do you think? Would it cheapen things too much to have Logan Paul fight Northcutt? Or should the UFC just say screw it and let it happen?