Like it or not, YouTuber has had a huge impact on MMA

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Our “Spinning Back Clique” panel looks at the impact Jake Paul had on MMA in 2021, even though he is a boxer.

For as much of a heartache as Jake Paul seems to have die-hard MMA fans, he certainly seems to be having a big impact on the sport.

Paul, a 24-year-old YouTube star turned boxer, boxed three times in 2021 – all against former MMA champions. In April, he knocked out former Bellator and ONE champion Ben Askren with a punch. In August, he surpassed former UFC Champion Tyron Woodley in a split decision. And then earlier this month in their rematch, he also took out Woodley with a punch.

Like it or not, Paul has become a big draw in boxing – and a big paycheck for his opponents, Askren and Woodley said. And he continues to call out some of the biggest names in MMA – which regularly sparks the anger and annoyance of UFC President Dana White.

So what do we think of Paul’s impact on MMA, even though he’ll likely never set foot in a cage to compete outside of boxing? Our “Spinning Back Clique” panel of “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Mike Bohn and Danny Segura discusses Paul’s rise to power in 2021 with host John Morgan.

Check out the discussion in the clip above, and watch the full episode in the video below.

“Spinning Back Clique” is posted every Tuesday on MMA Junkie’s YouTube channel.

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