Jake Paul responded to famed MMA trainer Firas Zahabi's claims that he's on performance-enhancing drugs ahead of his boxing bout with Tyron Woodley this weekend.
Paul spoke with MMA Junkie's Mike Bohn who asked him about Zahabi's comments, which he ultimately views as a compliment and just another way of the MMA community looking to make excuses for Woodley when he loses to him. Paul also claims to not even know what PED's are and thinks Zahabi just wanted to garner some clout off of his name.
“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 said. “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. 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. 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.”
When asked directly by Bohn if he was being drug tested for the matchup with Woodle, Paul however did admit that the Ohio State Athletic Commission had yet to do any testing on him, but is assuming they will be on fight day or the day before.
“Not yet. I think that happens the day of the fight or the day before the fight. But test me whenever.”
Paul will take on former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in an eight-round cruiserweight bout from the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio this Sunday. You can watch the fight on pay-per-view via Showtime or order it on FITE TV.