It was only a matter of time before Jake Paul called out his next opponent. The YouTube personality-turned-celebrity boxer has captured the attention of both the hard-core and the curious among fans of the sweet science with his recent stretch of fights against former MMA fighters.
And this time he has set his sights on another former UFC star, challenging former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping to a battle in the squared circle.
Bisping has been idle since losing back-to-back fights to Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum back in 2017, which he claimed was due to an eye injury suffered in his date with Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122.
Despite that lengthy stretch of inactivity, advancing age and lingering concerns about his vision, the 43-year-old has been enthusiastic about the prospect of facing Paul in the ring while engaging in a war of words with the 25-year-old on Twitter.
But when it comes to the Bisping vs Paul odds, “The Count” has found himself Sportsbook as a lengthy underdog to claim his first combat sports win since 2016.
Jake Paul vs Michael Bisping Odds
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has wasted no time publishing Paul vs Bisping Sportsbook odds, with Paul pegged as a strong -220 favorite, while Bisping lags as a +155 underdog. That means Paul backers must wager a hefty $220 to win $100, while a successful $100 bet on “The Count” will generate winnings of $155.
Odds as of April 28 from Sportsbook
According to our sports betting calculator, Paul’s short odds translate to an implied win probability of 68.75 percent, while Bisping’s lengthy odds translate to an implied win probability of just 39.22 percent.
Jake Paul vs Michael Bisping Betting Odds Analysis
While the war of words between these two fighters has been fierce, with Bisping scoring some huge points with his adept trolling, “The Count” is likely to face a tougher time in the ring. At 43 years old, Bisping faces a massive challenge to work himself back into fighting shape.
And while the hard-hitting Englishman has 30 career MMA wins to his credit, it remains far from certain that he would fare any better than Paul’s previous opponents, Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren.
The biggest question mark is the state of Bisping’s vision. He has never recovered from a devastating eye injury suffered in a second-round TKO loss to Vitor Belfort back in 2013. According to Bisping, his “vision was pretty much non-existent since.”
While facing an orthodox fighter like Paul may make it easier for him to protect his damaged right eye, the state of Bisping’s vision is likely to play a huge role in whether this fight actually takes place.
Paul A Deserving Favorite
As for Paul, he has silenced legions of critics while racking up a 5-0-0 pro boxing record, even if “The Problem Child” has yet to face a professional boxer. Paul is coming off an impressive sixth-round KO win over Woodley in their rematch last December, and also finished Askren just 1:59 into their clash in April of last year.
Of course, the case can be made that neither Woodley nor Askren owns Bisping’s punching power. Indeed, both Woodley and Askren were accomplished wrestlers before entering the Octagon, and appeared lost at times without the option to take down Paul.
Jake Paul vs Michael Bisping Preview
Regardless of what boxing fans may think of Paul, there is no question that the Problem Child has made strides during his first five fights. In addition to demonstrating his ability to go a full eight rounds, Paul has shown signs of evolving from a brawling curiosity into a legitimate boxer.
Of course, Bisping would bring massive amounts of experience into the ring. In addition to racking up nine knockout wins on punches during his decade-long stint in the UFC, Bisping also gained a well-earned reputation during his prime for being light on his feet and evading significant strikes.
But in a long drawn-out fight, Paul would have ample opportunity to wear down the Count, who is likely to find it far more difficult to defend his blind right side against a younger, rapidly improving opponent.
Paul vs Bisping Pick
With these two fighters at different ends of their careers, and with Bisping now having limited eyesight, it is Paul who offers the greatest betting value, even with such short odds. Bisping was finished by a punch he never saw coming in his final UFC clash vs Kelvin Gastelum.
Paul is unlikely to defeat Bisping in such dramatic fashion, but sports all the tools necessary to beat a former champion, who would be likely best served by staying retired.