Jake Paul Tyron Woodley

Social media personality Jake Paul, who first found fame on YouTube, is set for a boxing match with former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. As reported by The Athletic and confirmed by ESPN's Ariel Helwani, both combatants have signed the deal and agreed to box at 190 pounds on August 28th.

Paul has already knocked out one UFC fighter, sending Ben Askren to the canvas in under two minutes on April 17th. The bout with Woodley comes as a result of some trash talk that occurred in the locker room between Woodley and Paul's team as The Problem Child was warming up for the Askren match.

However, Woodley is a much more accomplished mixed martial artist than Askren. The Chosen One successfully defended his UFC belt four times and has accumulated seven knockouts in his professional career. Woodley is expected to be the odds-on favorite to win the boxing match due to his decorated MMA résumé, despite losing his last four fights. To Woodley's credit, three of these four losses came at the hands of dominant current champion Kamaru Usman and former title challengers Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns.


Black Belt Magazine has a storied history that dates back all the way to 1961, making 2021 the 60th Anniversary of the world's leading magazine of martial arts. To celebrate six decades of legendary martial arts coverage, take a trip down memory lane by scrolling through some of the most influential covers ever published. From the creators of martial art styles, to karate tournament heroes, to superstars on the silver screen, and everything in between, the iconic covers of Black Belt Magazine act as a time capsule for so many important moments and figures in martial arts history. Keep reading to view the full list of these classic issues.

Keep Reading Show less

On Friday, June 11, ONE Championship returned with ONE: Full Blast II, a previously recorded event.

The four-bout card featured two ONE Super Series matchups along with two mixed martial arts contests. In all four battles, athletes put on performances that grabbed the attention of their respective divisions.

Did you miss anything from ONE: Full Blast II? Here is a breakdown of how the action went down and who came out on top in Singapore.

Keep Reading Show less

On the final day of individual competition at the World Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Japan closed in style winning both the men's and women's heavyweight divisions. Kokoro Kageura scored a half point with a shoulder throw and then survived a last second frenzied ground attack by Russia's Tamerlan Bashaev to take the men's gold.

The women's side saw an all Japanese final as Sarah Asahina won her second individual adult world championship over Wakaba Tomita in a slow-paced affair. Tomita had trouble dealing with the much larger Asahina but, despite several leg sweeps, Asahina was never able to score with anything decisive. After more than five minutes of overtime, though she appeared to be the more active competitor, Tomita received a third penalty for passivity giving the match to Asahina. Tomita injured her leg on the final exchange and in a display of sportsmanship, Asahina carried her teammate off the mat on her back.