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Best Shots: Jake Paul earns split decision against Tyron Woodley

'Get the tattoo and we run it back'

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YouTuber Jake Paul defeated former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley by split decision. The pair squared off in an eight-round cruiserweight boxing match headlining the fight card live on pay-per-view from a sold-out Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH on August 29.

The judges scored the fight 78-74 and 77-75 for Paul, and 77-75 for Woodley.

Tyron Woodley ringwalk
Tyron Woodley ringwalk | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul ringwalk
Jake Paul ringwalk | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul
Jake Paul introduction | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley faceoff | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Jake Paul: I don’t know what that one judge saw, But l still got the victory

“I don’t know what to say – he was a tough opponent and he’s been fighting for so many years and I’m still new to this,” said Paul, a renowned content creator who dove into the world of prizefighting just three years ago. “My legs felt weird, I wasn’t sure what was wrong with me. All respect to Tyron though. He’s a Hall of Famer and put up a good fight. I have nothing but respect for him. There’s no hard feelings. This feels amazing to do this for my city and it’s a dream come true.”

Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
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After weeks of buildup, including an eventful fight week, Paul and Woodley swapped the verbal jabs for real punches and Woodley was a clear step-up from Paul’s previous three opponents, posing a true threat for the first time in Paul’s career. The 39-year-old who was making his pro boxing debut landed perhaps the most meaningful punch of the night, rocking Paul with an overhand right that sent Paul against the ropes.

Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

But it was Paul who was more active. He out-landed Woodley 71-52 in total punches, while Woodley out-landed Paul in power punches 41-35.

Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

“He hit me with one shot the whole fight, and it was a good shot,” said the polarizing Paul. “It was one real good shot. I don’t know what that one judge saw. But l still got the victory.”

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“For me to come here and go eight rounds in my fourth fight, who does that? I’m doing things that have never been done.”

Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Tyron Woodley: But the fact that one judge only gave me two rounds is insane

The former UFC Welterweight Champion Woodley, who made five successful defenses of his belt, believed he did enough to get the win in his professional boxing debut.

Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

“I feel like I won the fight,” said St. Louis’ Woodley. “Jake is a great opponent. I didn’t expect him to eat my punches like that. But the fact that one judge only gave me two rounds is insane.”

Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
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“Forget that Tommy Fury fight,” Woodley said. “Let’s run that back. Nobody is going to sell the PPV like we did. The ropes held him up when I hit him. I could have had that knockdown. I walked him down and landed back time and time again. I landed power punches, he missed shots all night.”

Tyron Woodley
Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul defeats Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul victorious over Tyron Woodley | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley post-fight | Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

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