Jake Paul slams 'douche' Dana White over UFC fighter pay
Jake Paul’s bitter feud with Dana White stepped up a notch on Sunday night as he branded the UFC president a ‘douche’ and accused him of underpaying his fighters.
The YouTuber-turned-boxer stopped former UFC star Ben Askren with a stunning first-round knockout last weekend, just his third fight since turning professional.
Shortly after his victory, Paul claimed that the bout had attracted $1.3million pay-per-view buys, with the event generating around $65m. But many high-profile figures in the boxing and UFC community have gone on record questioning the accuracy of these eye-watering figures.
White was among those suggesting had Paul spread fake news and said the numbers been bandied about were ‘full of s***’ and ‘not even f***ing close’ to the truth.
‘The numbers are there? Nah. I don’t know if the numbers are there,” White said.
‘Do you know what would happen to this guy [in the UFC]? He ain’t fighting in the UFC. He’s getting hand-picked opponents, and God knows what else is going on with that whole f***ing thing.
‘There is a market for that. That is not what I do. That’s not what I do. People want to see that, and it’s great, and this kid’s going to make a couple bucks before this ride is over. It’s just not what I do.
‘What I do is what happened tonight. What happened tonight is, we sold this place out and it was packed, and the numbers that you’re hearing (Triller) did — they’re full of s***. They’re full of s***. Okay?
‘They didn’t pull those kind of numbers at all… not even f***ing close. What happened here tonight is what I do: The best versus the best.
‘They’re full of s***. They didn’t pull those kinds of numbers at all. Not even f***ing close.’
‘Pay them their fair share…$10m purse for each guy, plus PPV.
‘Why are UFC fighters so underpaid vs boxers? Why did I make more in my 3rd fight than all but two (Khabib & Conor) UFC fighters have in history?
‘I know why…’
Paul has made no secret of his interest in a possible fight with Conor McGregor down the line and called out the Irish superstar in a string of lewd videos posted to his social media pages earlier this year.
And while McGregor had refused to rise to the bait, he shut down any talk of a potential bout in a blunt tweet clearly aimed at the outspoken American this weekend.
‘UFC high level fighting > Blogger jackass boxing,’ he said.
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