This week, MMA legend Chael Sonnen called out Undisputed Women’s Featherweight World Champion, Amanda Serrano, regarding an old tweet by the boxing champ where she claims to have previous experience and victories in both MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) prior to her professional boxing career.
“Guys, is this legit?” Tweeted Sonnen. “Did this athlete excel in all three sports or is this just a troll job?”
The former MMA fighter turned combat sports analysts retweeted an tweet of Serrano’s from February of 2019, two years before her professional boxing career began to truly take off.
The picture shows her winning matches in both BJJ, MMA, and also boxing with the caption “3 Different Sports 1 Outcome I’m Blessed!” The photo lacked context as to whether these were professional or amateur fights, but no one else seemed to disagree that she had prior competitive experience in any of the combat styles she claimed.
Expectedly, it was only a matter of time until Serrano’s manager, Most Valuable Promotions co-owner and celebrity boxer himself, Jake Paul, responded to Sonnen’s tweet defending his star client.
“Troll job?” Paul replied on Twitter. “Come on Chael. Amanda Serrano is one the greatest combat sport athletes of all time.”
“Hopefully we will see her in the @PFLMMA in 2024! I like the idea of her finding the right opponent to box and then rematch in MMA if she’s up for it.”
In 2022, Serrano made boxing history by fighting in the first-ever women’s boxing match to headline at Madison Square Garden despite later losing to Katie Taylor by split decision. Nevertheless, her name and professional boxing career only continued to excel from there.
In February of 2023, Serrano fought Erika Cruz and won, becoming the undisputed champion holding all four belts in her weight class. That same month, she also teased that she was eager to get back into competing in BJJ as well as MMA, posting her no-gi competitive record.
“My 2 NoGi JiuJitsu Tournaments 5-0 4 Submissions to Win my Gold Medals,” she tweeted. “I’m heading back to a JiuJitsu Tournament & an MMA Cage. I’m undisputed in 3 MMA Fights. Not bad for a boxer huh? Lol.”
With her boss Jake Paul set to make his PFL debut next year, marking his first time competing as a professional MMA fighter after spending the last several years attempting to legitimize himself as a credible boxer, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone if Serrano followed Paul into the women’s division of the PFL octagon.
What do you think? Should Sonnen apologize for creating an issue out of nothing and say ‘sorry’ to Serrano? Let us know in the comments below and across social media.