UFC middleweight Kevin Holland has called out Jake Paul and challenged the YouTuber to ‘fight somebody who can actually throw some hands’.
It comes as Paul prepares to face ex-UFC welterweight Ben Askren, renowned for his lack of striking, relying solely on grappling in the cage.
The social media star, who has two knockouts in as many fights, has set his sights on bringing MMA fighters over to the ring.
And Holland has thrown his name into the mix, and blasted Paul’s decision to fight Askren, who he considers a low-risk opponent.
He told MMA Fighting: “I don’t want to get into trouble for saying something stupid but Jake Paul’s fighting Ben Askren.
“Jake Paul should fight somebody who can actually throw some hands if he’s going to fight somebody from the MMA scene.
“I can throw some hands.”
Paul, 24, beat online rival ‘AnEsonGib’ in his debut in January 2020, and then left ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, 36, out cold in November.
Askren, 36, is a former ONE Championship and Bellator champion, who had three fights in the UFC, losing two, before retiring in 2019.
He will box professionally for the first time on April 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta against Paul.
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Meanwhile Holland, 28, who is 21–5 in his career, is closing in on the UFC title following five straight wins.
He faces Derek Brunson on Saturday, in a fight he believes can take him to the next level.
He said: “He’s a person who talks a little bit of s***.
“I’m a person that talks a whole lot of s*** so when I smack him and I whack him and he can’t get back up, I’m a happy man.
“Beating him, what does it say about my future? It just says I’m ready for the next person. Who’s next after that? It don’t matter who’s next after that.
“I see they got a lot of fights booked at 185 and vaginal muscles get pulled all the time and it seems like a lot of these guys got vaginal muscles, so I’ll be there.”