DOUGLAS LIMA revealed his respect to Jake Paul and refuses to call him 's***' but said fighting the YouTuber would be 'too easy'.
Paul, who is 4-0 as a boxer, has made a habit of feuding MMA fighters lately with his last two wins coming against ex-UFC stars.
The most recent was a points win over ex-UFC champion Tyron Woodley, 39, which followed from a knockout win against Ben Askren, 37.
His older brother Logan is officially 0-1 as a professional boxer following defeat to online rival KSI, 28, a year after they drew in an exhibition.
But Logan stunned all after he faced boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, 44, in an exhibition in June and survived all eight rounds.
Ex-Bellator champion Lima is in full admiration of the brothers, especially unbeaten Jake, but fancies his chances against both.
He told MMA Fighting: “I think I would defeat either one of them, easy.
"[Jake] is tough. Jake Paul beat Woodley and everything, the guy trains hard, I see him training with professionals.
"I wouldn’t disrespect and call him s***. He has my respect.”
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Lima, 33, returns to the cage on Saturday, in a rematch against Britain's Michael Venom Page, 34, who he beat in 2019.
The Brazilian, who is coming off two loses, has the welterweight title well within his sights again.
But he refused to rule out a switch to the boxing ring, and reckons the Paul brothers are easy money.
Lima said: "Boxing would be good. Boxing those brothers and make some good money.
"That would be cool. But, [going to] other organisations like the UFC, I never even stopped to think about it.
“Boxing one of these guys would be too easy. I’m focused on Page, of course, but I hope that happens one day.”
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