JAKE PAUL has been warned fighting in mixed martial arts is a 'different level' to boxing as he contemplates competing inside the cage.
The YouTuber recently claimed he'd retire from boxing and ink a one-fight deal with the UFC if president Dana White bows to his demands.
Paul, 24, teased a switch to MMA earlier this month by sharing footage of himself practising leg kicks, but UFC bantamweight prospect Sean O'Malley believes The Problem Child will struggle to succeed in the sport.
During a recent episode of his Sugar Show podcast, O'Malley said: “It takes so long [to get good at MMA].
"It’s going to take a longer time to do what he did in boxing in MMA.
"Boxing, he did it fast, which is impressive. He knocked out Tyron Woodley. I mean, that’s crazy.
"Like, that’s pretty crazy, but to go into MMA and have success, it’s a different level.
"There’s just too many things that you have to get good at.”
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Despite believing it'll take Paul a while to become proficient at MMA, O'Malley is refusing to rule out the former Disney star's chances of doing so.
The 27-year-old continued: “He’s got the drive, and, he’s got the heart, the work ethic. That’s proven. I’d watch."
Paul was recently offered the opportunity to compete in Bellator, with president Scott Coker telling MMA Junkie: "If you want to come into MMA, we would gladly do it.
“Think about this: He’s not saying, ‘I’m going to go train here. I’m going to go train there.’
"He’s going to come to one of the best gyms in the planet, where Khabib is, where Daniel Cormier is still training, where Cain Velasquez is teaching there now, and he’s going to go into an environment that he is going to flourish, and he has a wrestling background already.
"He has great striking, obviously. You’ve seen it, and so this guy is just going to get better and better and better."
Paul was last in action last December in a rematch with former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
The social media sensation closed the book on their rivalry with a stunning sixth-round KO which went viral.
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