Dana White insists he will ‘never do business’ with Jake Paul despite UFC stars calling out the YouTuber, telling him there are ‘plenty of goofballs out there’ to fight him as he questions the legitimacy of his win over Ben Askren
- Dana White hit back at suggestions he could loan a UFC star to fight Jake Paul
- A number of UFC stars have been engaged in a back and forth with the YouTuber
- White angrily insisted he would ‘never do business’ with a YouTube star
- UFC chief questioned the legitimacy of Paul’s win over Ben Askren last month
Dana White has continued his bitter feud with Jake Paul, insisting he would ‘never do business’ with the YouTube star despite being called out by a number of UFC fighters.
The UFC president has been critical of Paul’s early success as a boxer, saying his ’15 minutes are nearly up’ and that ‘people are very excited for the day when he gets knocked out’.
And White hit back at suggestions he could ‘loan’ one of his UFC stars to face Paul in his next fight, insisting ‘this is not what we do’, and that there were ‘plenty of f***ing goofballs out there’ to face the internet star.
UFC chief Dana White has hit back at suggestions he could loan a fighter to face Jake Paul (R)
Paul has won his first three fights in boxing but has been involved in some angry exchanges with fighters from the UFC, including Daniel Cormier – who promised to ‘torture’ him in the Octogan – and Kamaru Usman, while Paul has also boasted he would ‘obliterate’ Nate Diaz.
‘First of all, I would never do business with those guys, just no,’ White said, speaking to ESPN. ‘No, this is not what we do. I’m not gonna f*****g loan them a guy for f****g what? There’s no way.
‘You got plenty of f*****g goofballs out there that you can muster up to get in there and play these games that these guys are playing. Yeah, I’m not your guy.’
Paul was involved in angry exchange with Daniel Cormier at UFC 261, who vowed to ‘hurt him’
Paul’s stock rose further last month when he secured a stoppage win over former UFC professional Ben Askren, leading to suggestions he could be in line for further crossover bouts, but White questioned the legitimacy of Paul’s win, saying ‘it still blows my mind’.
‘Listen, you cannot deny the fact that this kid has inserted himself into the conversation with real guys,’ he added. ‘This guy has got three fights, and I gotta tell you that I don’t know if I truly believe the Ben Askren thing. I have a hard time wrapping by brain around that.
‘Let’s see how long it takes before this kid’s 15 minutes are up, but they are being smart. They are keeping him away from anybody that could actually really do damage. I don’t know. The Ben Askren thing still blows my mind.’
White, who has been critical of Paul, said there were ‘plenty of goofballs out there’ to face him
Paul’s stock has risen after beating Ben Askren last month, but White questioned the stoppage
UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping revealed he had been sent a contract by Paul’s team but rejected it because he was not offered enough money.
Paul has attempted to tempt a number of stars into huge money-spinning fights, but has also ruffled a few feathers too – with Colby Covington called him a ‘snake’ and a ‘nobody.
Usman had offered to take care of Paul after he was involved in an angry confrontation with Cormier at UFC 261, and after the YouTuber accepted, he warned him he could ‘change your life in the worst way’.
‘I understand you think this is a game which is probably why you don’t realize that this is how people truly get hurt,’ Usman wrote on Twitter. ‘I don’t play fighting and I can change your life in the worst way.’
Paul has called for a fight against Kamaru Usman, who warned him he could ‘change your life in the worst way’
But it was Cormier who came down hardest on Paul after their feud at the event, vowing to ‘hurt’ the star if they ever got in the cage together.
‘I don’t want to fight anyone,’ he said, speaking to ESPN. ‘But I’m not going to let Jake Paul disrespect me.
‘I wanted to grab him by the face and smash him into the ground but you can’t do that at work, I would have gotten into a lot of trouble.
‘This is not going to be fun. At 42 years old and with a bad back, I’m going to torture him. I’m going to hurt him. I don’t want to box him, I don’t want to fight in a limited skill set of rules; if you really want to fight me, fight me in a mixed martial arts competition.’
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