But while others have dismissed the YouTube star-turned-pro boxer, Ngannou warned those dismissing him that they better start paying close attention to what he’s doing.
“Honestly, I was impressed by Jake Paul,” Ngannou told TMZ Sports. “I didn’t see that coming. I was sure that Tyron Woodley was going to win this fight, you know?”
Paul defeated former UFC champion Tyron Woodley twice – once via split decision and the other via knockout after Woodley was a last-minute replacement for Tommy Fury. Paul has not lost since stepping into the ring.
“But you’ve got to give it to Jake Paul. He made a statement, a huge statement and he proved his money is where his mouth is,” Ngannou added. “He’s taking himself very seriously. … You better take him seriously because he proved it.”
Paul sent a message to UFC president Dana White and called out other stars to get into the ring with him.
“I just knocked out a five-time UFC champion and embarrassed your whole company. Please let me get Kamaru Usman. Please let me get [Nate] Diaz. Please let me get [Jorge] Masvidal. Please let me get [Conor] McGregor. Because I’m going to embarrass them too. I promise you that, Dana. I promise you that,” he said.