Tyron Woodley would not be surprised if Jake Paul has been taking performance-enhancing drugs in trash talks in the lead up to their fight, but the former UFC champ explained why it wouldn’t matter, while Paul rubbishes the claims
Tyron Woodley has accused Jake Paul of taking performance-enhancing drugs in the lead up to their boxing fight on Sunday night.
After weeks of tense build-up and trash talk, Paul and Woodley will meet in an eight-round cruiserweight fight in Cleveland, Ohio.
Paul was accused of doping for his fight with Woodley earlier this month by renowned MMA coach Firas Zahabi.
The coach claimed that Paul was “on all sorts of substances” and that Woodley would “no doubt be clean” for the fight.
And Woodley brought up these allegations when he accused Paul of doping in an interview with Ariel Helwani.
He said: “Speaking of bumps, those kind of bumps you had on your face alarm me. You wouldn’t be happening to be taking PEDs, are you?”
To which Paul replied: “Are we getting drug tested, or are we not? Listen, if you want to build excuses right now, go ahead.”
And Woodley responded: “I was just asking. I looked at your face and you look kind of silly. You have rage and you’re acting all unorthodox. You know, those are signs of the PEDs. Are you taking PEDs?”
Paul has already denied the accusations, telling True Geordie earlier this week: “My manager texted me [and told me] that George St Pierre’s coach is saying that you’re using performance-enhancing drugs.
“These guys are trying to do anything at this point to discredit me, to make me look stupid, or to make any excuse.
“How can you even make this claim? It’s clout. They’re running out of excuses.
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“I’m over here eating ice cream, and these guys are accusing me of taking performance-enhancing drugs. I’m packing on some fat because I’m going to drive that fat through Tyron Woodley’s skull. That’s what gives me my power.”
The Ohio State Athletic Commission has revealed that neither of the fighters will be subjected to fight night drug tests.
The only fighters who will undergo testing on fight night are those competing in title bouts, which is Amanda Serrano and Yamileth Mercado who fight in the co-main event.
Woodley went on to hint during the trash talk that members of Paul’s team have leaked information about his alleged PED usage, which have been rubbished by the YouTube star.
But in further bravado, the former UFC champ said he wouldn’t care if Paul was doping for their fight.
He said: “You got a couple of people in your camp that you might want to, evaluate. See how solid they are.
“I beat a lot of people on steroids. I take it as flattering that you feel like you’ve gotta take an extra supplement to raise your level to where I’m at.
“But I don’t care [if he’s on PEDs]. You can be horse tranquillizers, steroids, or if you get a whole new body from Walmart. You’re still getting slept.”
Paul will seek his fourth win inside the ring when he fights Woodley. The 24-year-old has knocked out YouTuber AnEsongib, former NBA player Nate Robinson and now-retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren.
Woodley parted ways with the UFC in April after suffering four consecutive defeats. He is without a win in over three years and will make his professional boxing debut against Paul.