Woodley, who suffered his first loss of his pro career by an eight-round split decision in August, has been given the chance to redeem himself after Paul’s scheduled opponent, Love Island star and professional boxer Tommy Fury, pulled out due to health issues.
“That went on for about four weeks because I thought I’m going to keep training, I’m going to get through this, I’m going to fight anyway,” Fury said.
However, after a trip to the hospital, the boxer discovered he had a broken rib and multiple fractures and was advised by doctors and his team to withdraw from the fight.
“Even as I’m filming this video here, it hasn’t dawned on me that I’m not fighting,” Fury said. “I can’t do anything but get my body in order ASAP and start looking for another fight date with Jake Paul. There’s no other fight I want, that’s the fight I want next.”
“This is a bank robbery.”
Paul won his fourth straight match against Woodley and also previously defeated YouTube personality AnEsonGib, former NBA star Nate Robinson and former MMA fighter Ben Askren.
Before embarking on a boxing career, Paul was widely known on social media as a brash and controversial YouTube star, where he has over 20 million subscribers.
If Woodley knocks out Paul in the match, he will also get an additional $500,000 bonus, Paul promised.
In 2016, Woodley, also known as “The Chosen One,” won a UFC title and went on to defend it four times, according to ESPN.
“When I got the call, the sentence didn’t even finish until I got in,” Woodley said at the conference. “I’m just excited about the opportunity to go out here and redeem myself. We learned a lot about each other in the ring that night. There is mutual respect, but there are still some unfinished business.”
The event includes an undercard featuring Amanda Serrano against Miriam Gutierrez, Deron Williams against Frank Gore and Liam Paro against Yomar Alamo.