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30th Aug 2018

Former UFC contender suggests opponent for YouTube star Logan Paul

Jack O'Toole

UFC Lightweight Michael Chiesa has suggested that YouTube creator Logan Paul should fight UFC Women’s Featherweight champion Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino Venâncio.

Paul fought fellow YouTube creator KSI [Olajide William Olatunji] in Manchester this month and after a draw between the two fighters Paul now has ambitions of fighting in the UFC.

“The thought of securing a fight in the UFC is exciting,” Paul wrote on Twitter after the fight. “[I] could finally use my wrestling background… but I hear some other celebrities/athletes want to catch these hands first?”

Chiesa, who has fought in the UFC since 2012, suggested that he should only be allowed to fight if he fights the 20-1 Cyborg.

Former UFC Heavyweight Brendan Schuab said that Paul and KSI were better at promoting fights than the UFC and that the two creators showed how easy it is to promote bouts.

“When a fight does not sell, that’s when you realize how s**tty a promoter is,” Schaub said on his Below The Belt podcast.

“Whenever there’s two headline UFC fighters, both those guys are so f**king talented it’s not even funny. For those fights not to sell should not rely on a fighter. That’s where a promoter or the marketing business of the UFC, or name whatever boxing promoter you want, should come into play. It is not the responsibility of them. Them being the fighters.

“For these two guys with zero background to s**t on any UFC fight this year, numbers-wise, shows you how poorly of a job the UFC is doing at times and how easy it is to promote a fight.”