FORMER UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping claims to have received a lucrative offer to box Jake Paul – and is up for the fight.
YouTube superstar Paul has been in the headlines this week due to his relentless pursuit of a boxing match with former two-weight UFC champ Conor McGregor.
Paul, 23, has also challenged McGregor’s team-mate Dillon Danis – who he recently pelted with water balloons – to meet him inside the ring.
McGregor has yet to respond to Paul’s barrage of call outs, a silence that appears to have prompted the outspoken YouTuber to offer Bisping a lucrative payday.
During the latest episode of his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping said: “Jake Paul, if you want to f**king go, Logan Paul, if you want to go, then I guess you have to put your hands in your pockets and man up.
“Because you’re talking s**t, you’re contacting my manager saying that you want to fight.
“Well, guess what, buddy? I’m here. I’m going nowhere. You want to fight someone? You want to test yourself? Hey, I’m 0-0 as a boxer. You’re saying you’re 1-0, you’re 2-0, I’m 0-0.
“At the end of the day, if you want to do this, stop playing games. You want to do it? I’ll do it. I’m here. No problem. Okay?”
Bisping, also known as ‘The Count’, retired from MMA two-and-a-half years ago following back-to-back losses to Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum.
But the 41-year-old is adamant he’s still got what it takes to silence the brash Paul, who recently scored a viral KO over ex-NBA star Nate Robinson on the undercard of Mike Tyson’s exhibition with Roy Jones Jr.
He added: “I’m almost 42-years old, I’m a former world champion and I will take you to school, my friend.
“And I’ll guarantee you this. You won’t get out of three rounds. That’s an absolute fact.
“You won’t get out of one round but we’ll say three just to give you that little insurance blanket.
“If this is a real offer, let me know and we’ll do it. 100 per cent. Logan Paul or Jake Paul, or both.”
Bisping was from impressed by Paul’s performance in his second pro fight, saying: “In my research and infinite wisdom of the fight game and after my extensive enquiries, I figured out his a bum and he’d be very easy to beat.
“But that said, he’s does have power, he is athletic, he is young. These are good things to have in the fight game.”
Bisping’s comments soon came to the attention of Paul, who proceeded to mock the Brit for his UFC 100 loss to Dan Henderson.
Alongside the infamous picture of Henderson flying through the air to land a strike on the unconscious Bisping, Paul tweeted: “@bisping my team is working on a melatonin brand deal for you and Nate [Diaz].”