ISRAEL ADESANYA gave Jake Paul advice after the YouTube star brutally knocked out Nate Robinson.
Adesanya was working as a guest commentator for the fight in November 2020, which ended in round two.
UFC champion Israel Adesanya pictured with Jake PaulCredit: Instagram / @jakepaul
Nate Robinson was brutally knocked out by Jake PaulCredit: Reuters
Paul scored three knockdowns before a right hand left Robinson laid flat out and quickly sent into a viral meme.
But after the dust settled, UFC champion Adesanya, 32, spoke with Paul, 25, and boxing coach BJ Flores.
Flores, 43, told The Schmo: “I love Israel man, he’s so chill, so cool, so respectful and so nice to be around.
“He said, ‘Take everyday for what it is and work you ass off.
“Don’t look back with any regrets,’ and you know, coming from a champion, it means a lot.”
Paul came into the fight having beaten online rival ‘AnEsonGib’ in one round of his professional debut.
Since knocking out Robinson, 37, the American celebrity has improved to 5-0 with four knockouts.
He beat retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 37, in March 2021 and then Tyron Woodley, 39, in the August on points.
Paul later signed to face Tommy Fury, 22, but the brother of heavyweight champ Tyson, 33, pulled out with a broken rib.
Woodley, who formerly held the UFC welterweight title, filled in on short notice but was knocked out in round six of their rematch.
Paul is now focused on promoting the women’s super-fight between Amanda Serrano, 33, and Katie Taylor, 35.
But his trainer Flores warned there is plenty left waiting for Paul ahead of return to the ring this year.
He said: “You’ve got to sit back and watch. He’s got a lot of options; he’s knocked out everybody he’s fought and he’s done what he had to do.
“He’s got a lot of good options right now and people are beating down the door to fight him.
“We’ll see what happens over the next few months and see what unravels but it’ll be good whatever happens next.”
BJ Flores pictured with Jake PaulCredit: Instagram / @bjflorespro