MMA: Dana White says UFC doesn’t want any part of YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul, Combat Sports News & Top Stories
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has said he doesn’t want anything to do with YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul.
Paul made a scene at UFC 261 last month in Jacksonville, Fla., When he had a heated exchange with ringside announcer and former UFC Champion Daniel Cormier.
Paul, 24, knocked out mixed martial arts veteran Ben Askren at a pay-per-view boxing event last month, but White told ESPN he didn’t want current fighters in the ‘UFC get involved with Paul.
“First of all, I would never do business with these guys, but no,” White said. “No that’s not what we do. I won’t lend them a guy for what (expletive) what? Out there and play these games that these guys play.
“Yeah, I’m not your guy.”
White admitted that Paul’s victory over Askren “upsets my mind.”
“I’m having a hard time understanding this,” he told ESPN. “Let’s see how long it takes before this kid’s 15 minutes are up, but they’re smart.” They keep him away from anyone who could actually do damage. I do not know.
Paul’s antics went viral last week in a pre-fight showdown between his brother, Logan Paul, and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.
Logan Paul and Mayweather are scheduled to box on June 6 in Miami. Jake Paul sparked a brawl at the event by ripping Mayweather’s beanie off his head.