MMA Twitter feels vindicated after Jake Paul suffers first professional loss

See reactions from those across social media to Tommy Fury defeating Jake Paul.

There would be people left unhappy at the end of the boxing match between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury. Fortunately for a lot of the MMA and boxing community that can’t stand Paul, it wasn’t them.

Fury seemed to go right on the attack in the center of the ring to start the fight, trying to gain control from the get-go. The second half of the opening round saw Paul try to land the overhand right that took down Tyron Woodley and Anderson Silva. Fury, however, let out a flurry in the final seconds.

Fury circled around Paul in the second round, with both men getting their fair share of shots in. Fury, however, elected to stay in front of Paul in the third round, and Paul made him pay with a number of jabs. Fury came out aggressive to start the fourth with a flurry, making him eat a number of right hands a little later in that round. Paul tied up Fury a couple of times in the round, and Fury got back to circling Paul around the ring.

The round ended with Paul being warned for punching at the back of Fury’s head.

Paul landed a hard right early in the fifth, with Fury answering with a couple of right hands of his own. Paul was quite aggressive and controlled the round, but that came after he landed another punch to the back of the head — resulting in a point deduction by the referee.

A back-and-forth sixth round then saw Fury deducted a point by the referee for excessive grabbing. Both men had moments in the seventh, but Fury seemed to have the harder punches landing.

A right hand from Paul saw Fury’s glove touch the ground, resulting in a knockdown. Fury battled back in the later part of the round, getting a few shots in on Paul against the ropes.

One judge had the fight 75-74 for Paul, but the other two had it 76-73 Fury.

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This fight between Paul and Fury was originally scheduled to take place in December 2021 before Fury had to pull out due to injury. The pair were rescheduled to clash in August, but Fury pulled out due to travel issues.

After a win over Deji Olatunji in August 2018, the younger of the Paul brothers turned to professional boxing and made his debut in January 2020, scoring a first-round stoppage of fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib.

Since then, Paul had scored victories over former NBA star Nate Robinson and former MMA champions Ben Askren, Woodley (twice) and Silva. Fury is the first true boxer that Paul has faced.

Prior to tonight, Fury — who starred on Love Island and is the younger half-brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury — most recently competed in April, defeating Daniel Bocianski.

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has previously claimed the winner of this fight would be ranked in the WBC’s cruiserweight division contenders.

Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury takes place on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023, live from Saudi Arabia. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.