Logan Paul has called out Conor McGregor after ambitiously targeting making his debut in the UFC after his professional boxing debut.
The former YouTube sensation will face off against bitter adversary KSI in a professional bout at the Staples Center on Saturday.
Both men received great acclaim for their showing in an amateur bout last August, which ended in a contentious draw at a sold-out Manchester Arena.
But the headguards will be off and the gloves will be smaller as the two pair look to settle their rancorous rivalry once and for all.
Having previously touted a fight with former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, Paul has instead switched his attention to the world of mixed martial arts and issued a come-and-get-me plea to UFC President Dana White.
And he is already eyeing up a fight with none other than ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor.
Paul exclusively told Oddschecker: “Yeah, I’ll fight Conor. He’s f****** punching old men in the face.
“He did take it [the punch] though! He took the punch and then just drank his whiskey. Those Irishmen dude, those Irishmen. Wild.”
“No offence to Eddie [Hearn], I’m an MMA fan. I want to do MMA after this. I wrestled in high school.”
McGregor confirmed he will return to the octagon at the T-Mobile Arena on January 18, but is yet to name his opponent. While it is almost impossible the Irishman will face off against the 6ft 2ins and 190lbs social media star, a career in sports seemingly beckons for Paul.
Sceptics and cynics have already taken aim at two novice boxers headlining a pay-per-view card ahead of the likes of world champions Devin Haney and Billy Joe Saunders.
However, Paul insists it would be a different story inside the octagon given his pedigree.
When asked about his next fight after this Saturday’s main event, Paul said: “It won’t be a Youtuber, it can’t be. I’ve progressed so far skill-wise to fight any celebrity.
“It won’t be any celebrity, that’s for sure.
“I would love to fight in the UFC – I would love Dana White to put me in the octagon.”
The 24-year-old rose to prominence in the Ohio wrestling scene whilst at high school, qualifying for the state-level Ohio Division 1 Wrestling Individual Championships.
When questioned on whether Paul would be able to compete physically, he replied: “I’ve been taking neck shots my whole life, I was one of the best wrestlers in the state Ohio, and I’ve been taking shots to my neck my whole life.
“Football (American), wrestling, even MMA in high school and we’ve been practising with heavier gloves – so when I put the 10oz gloves on it’s going to be like lightning.”
The American is the clear favourite for the rematch bout this Saturday, priced at 4/7, with Brit boxer KSI the underdog at 15/8.
However, bookie Energy Bet have cranked up the odds for new customers on KSI, boosting his odds to 30/1 to defeat Logan Paul.