Mixed martial artist Darren ‘The Gorilla’ Till didn’t take kindly to Logan Paul potentially joining the UFC.
Both praise and criticism have surrounded Logan Paul since his boxing match with KSI on August 25th. While Brendan Schaub and other fighting personalities recognized Pauls’ success, Till wasn’t having any of it.
Till published a Tweet on August 30th criticizing Paul, citing the difficulty of dedicating one’s life to the UFC and calling Logan an “embarrassment” to the sport.
“Every day is hard as fuck, every day is a little more harder on your physical & mental state. Then ye get a **** coming along like this youtuber fella thinking he can mix it in the @ufc … don’t embarrass our sport.”
Till’s comments come in response to an earlier tweet from Paul, in which he expressed heavy interest in joining the UFC as a chance to utilize his background in wrestling.
“the thought of securing a fight in the @UFC is exciting… could finally use my wrestling background… but i hear some other celebrities/athletes want to catch these hands first? ?”
While Till’s comments express distaste towards YouTubers capitalizing off of fighting, others have felt differently. Comedian and fighter Brendan Schaub had praise for the YouTuber’s ability to garner such a wide audience, stating that the UFC itself could learn from Paul’s promotional skills.
Schaub likewise mentioned the possibility of UFC executives looking to Paul as a potential fighter, citing his colorful past in high school athletics and boxing ability.
Whether Paul will join the ranks of the UFC’s fighters or not remains to be seen, but the commentary surrounding the debacle brings many takes on a conversation of bringing new blood into the ring.