Tyron Woodley wasn’t allowed to knock out Jake Paul during their fight, Dillon Danis said.
Danis, a rival of Paul’s, claimed that Woodley was prevented from doing so under contract.
Paul won the fight against Woodley in a split decision.
MMA fighter Tyron Woodley was contractually not allowed to knock out YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul during their August boxing fight, fighter Dillon Danis claimed, without providing evidence, in an interview with The MMA Hour’s Ariel Helwani.
Woodley and Paul fought on August 29 in Cleveland, which Paul won by split decision over the former UFC welterweight champion. The fight, as ESPN reported, was Woodley’s pro boxing debut, although he’s an experienced MMA fighter with 12 career years and 27 professional fights under his belt.
In an interview with The MMA Hour published on October 18, MMA fighter Dillon Danis, a public rival of Paul’s and training partner of Conor McGregor, said there was a clause in Woodley’s contract for the fight that he was “not allowed” to knock out Paul during the fight.
Paul and Danis have a contentious history. Paul posted a clip on Instagram in December 2020 showing him throwing toilet paper at Danis from a truck bed, calling him “the biggest shit talker” in the post’s caption. Paul is also known for publicly beefing with Conor McGregor, the former UFC champion and Danis’ training partner.
In a video posted on Twitter in September, Paul also said that Danis turned down his offer for a fight. As a result, he vowed that he would never fight Danis in the future. Danis told The MMA Hour in October that he turned down Paul’s offer due to recent knee surgery, and that when he reached out a month later to ask about a fight, Paul rebuffed him.
In an October 26 interview with Barstool Sports podcast Plan Bri Uncut, Danis reiterated the claim that Woodley wasn’t allowed to knock Paul out, per the purported contract. He also said that Woodley was under an NDA and not allowed to speak about that part of the contract.
“The fight was not rigged, they could box, but he’s not allowed to knock him out,” Danis said during the interview. “So that once when he was against the ropes, he kind of just stood there.”
Insider was unable to obtain a copy of the purported contract.
During the fight, as Insider previously reported, Woodley punched Paul onto the ropes. Woodley said prior to the fight on Michael Bisping’s “Believe You Me” podcast that he wanted to knock Paul out, hoping to invoke a rematch clause that would allow him to take Paul down twice.
Paul’s next fight is against Tommy Fury, the half-brother of world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, CBS Sports reported. Fury will be the first professional boxer that Paul has faced during his own pro boxing career, per CBS Sports. He’s previously fought against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib, NBA alum Nate Robison, former MMA champ Ben Askren, and former UFC champ Woodley.
John Fury, Tommy’s father, told BT Sport Boxing that the contract for the fight was “bizarre,” but said that he knows Paul “can’t beat Tommy.”
Paul, Woodley, and Danis did not respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
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