Paulie is a smart guy. He is degrading himself by competing in bare knuckle because he knows full well that; 1. He will easily demolish the shorter limbed Artem 2. If he does it convincingly (and he should) that it will set up a big boxing fight with Conor. That means big $$ for a relatively unknown (outside of boxing fans) retiree. Conor came like a bat out of hell to fight Khabib when Artem got slapped. What is Conor going to want to do with Paulie when he rearranges his face?