Jake Paul says fighting UFC superstar Amanda Nunes would be a complete "waste of time" ... telling TMZ Sports he wants a better-known opponent to generate more hype.
Remember, Jake recently called out Dana White to set up a fight with Conor McGregor ... and the UFC honcho responded by telling us he'd consider letting Nunes "knock his ass out."
Nunes responded by saying she's down to scrap ... so naturally, we asked Jake if he'd entertain the idea.
"Nah, I wouldn't fight her," Jake says. "Waste of time. No one knows who she is."
Worth noting -- Nunes has more than a million followers on Instagram and several major endorsement deals ... but we take it Paul's comment is related to his fan base.
Of course, Jake acknowledges Nunes is one of the best fighters in combat sports ... but says he's looking for 2 things in his next opponent that the Lioness lacks.
"There's not a lot of hype there. Plus, there's no history."
"I wanna knock out Dilon because we've been talkin' s**t back and forth for 2 years, I've hooked up with his girlfriend, he's all butt-hurt about it, there's history there."
Paul even pulled up on Danis last week -- throwing water balloons and toilet paper at him in a drive-by.
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Paul adds Danis might help him get closer to his goal of securing his dream fight with Conor ... "So, why would I waste my time doing some bulls**t like [boxing Nunes?]"
While Jake may not want to fight Nunes for those reasons, boxing star Devin Haney also spoke to us against the idea recently ... saying, "men should fight men."
There's more -- Paul has more words for White ... explaining why it's in his best interest to set up the McGregor fight.