Recently, MMA coach Firas Zahabi made a huge statement about Jake Paul while breaking down his upcoming fight against Tyron Woodley. Firas Zahabi, who is well known for his relationship with former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, said that Jake Paul is going to be on PEDs for his next fight against Tyron Woodley. Zahabi claimed:
I don’t think they test. Maybe the week of the fight, but there’s no USADA and I didn’t wanna say, but I think that’s a major factor. When I tell you guys he’s bigger and stronger and more athletic, I think, basically, he’s gonna be on PEDs. I hate to say it, but I definitely think Jake Paul’s gonna be on PEDs. It exists in the world of boxing just like it exists in MMA, and I don’t think Tyron will be on PEDs. I think Tyron will be totally natural. Does it make a difference? It absolutely does.”
Jake Paul has only three pro boxing fights on his resume and he has finished his opponents every single time. He has two first-round finishes and one second-round knockout in his career so far. So it’s not an insane theory that Zahabi is suspecting that Jake Paul will be on PEDs for the toughest opponent of his career so far in Tyron Woodley.
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Jake Paul responds to the PED accusations
The Problem Child responded to the PED accusations in a recent interview and said that he took Zahabi’s comments as compliments. Jake Paul stated:
“My manager sent me that the morning it came out like, ‘Hey, by the way, Georges St-Pierre’s coach said you’re on PEDs,’” Paul told MMA Junkie. “So I swiped up my phone – this is a true story on my mom’s life, she’s looking me in my eyes (right now) – I swipe up my phone, click Safari and type in, ‘What’s PEDs?’ Then I see it says performance-enhancing drugs. I texted my manager back, ‘Good thing I had to Google what PEDs are.’ But I look at it as a compliment.
Jake Paul believes Firas Zahabi is already making excuses to discredit him if he wins against Woodley. It should be also be considered that Tyron Woodley has trained with Firas Zahabi during his MMA career. So it is not a surprise that Zahabi is rooting for the former UFC welterweight champion. Paul stated: “People are trying to do anything they can to discredit me and take away from this journey. They’re already making excuses for him when he loses.”
Jake Paul made it clear that there will be drug testing for the fight against Tyron Woodley and stated: “This is a real fight. This isn’t the exhibition sh*t that my brother (Logan Paul) and Floyd (Mayweather) did. This isn’t exhibition sh*t. I do real pro fights with a commission who is drug testing me. These claims are stupid and of course (Zahabi is) doing it to get clout. Look at it, four weeks later it’s still getting brought up in interviews. His name gets mentioned. He gets some clout and he’s a happy little wanker jerking off to these videos somewhere all excited about the clout he’s getting.”
If we look at the physical transformation of Jake Paul in the last few years, he is in much better shape right now. he has been training for years now with elite level coaches and sparring partners. He has the resources to hire a good nutritionist to assist his growth in boxing. So it is expected that he will get better with every single fight in his career.
However, it can not be said that he is on PEDs based on his past performances. It seems that Jake Paul has legit knock-out power and it should also be considered that he is fighting opponents who are smaller than him in size and weight.