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Logan Paul has been offered the opportunity to compete in MMA by the president of Bellator, currently the second largest MMA promotion.
Paul, who has previously expressed an interest in fighting in the UFC, most recently competed against Floyd Mayweather in an eight-round exhibition boxing match last weekend.
While Mayweather was expected to knock Paul out without breaking much of a sweat, the contest went the full eight rounds.
Due to the bout’s unique ruleset, no winner was declared and while some argued Mayweather wasn’t trying at all and could’ve ended the fight whenever he wanted, others claimed Paul had claimed the moral victory.
Owing to his solid showing against Mayweather, Paul has since received an offer from the president of Bellator, Scott Coker, to compete for the second-largest promotion in MMA.
"We know he's a high school all-star wrestler from Ohio," Coker told MMA Fighting. "I think they're just getting better and better at combat sports. If he wanted to get into MMA, we would do it.
"I definitely would put them in the cage, but when I say that, they're not going to go out and fight in a real fight against a guy like [current Bellator middleweight champion] Gegard Mousasi.
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"We'd treat them like any other fighter with the experience that they have and take it from there."
"This kid has shown athletic ability to go in there with Floyd," Coker added. "The thing with Floyd, come on, how many people could do that? Go eight rounds with Floyd.
"You can't tell me Floyd at some point in the fight [wasn't] trying to take it to him and he couldn't put him away. So to me, that is a victory for Logan, as far as I'm concerned. As far as combat sports, I think Logan just upped his value.
"Was it a great fight? No, it was a lot of dirty boxing going on in that fight but let's face it, Floyd usually goes and closes the gap and takes care of business and he didn't do it this time."
Paul would not be the first celebrity to compete in the Bellator cage. Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers went 2-2 in the promotion before retiring from MMA competition earlier this year.
England rugby player James Haskell signed a contract with Bellator in 2019, but it still yet to compete after his debut fight was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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