Dana White isn’t buying Jake Paul’s activist stance on UFC fighter pay.
The UFC president is convinced that the boxer-turned-YouTube star is merely seeking to gain public attention and boost his own profile with his criticism of UFC fighters’ pay as well as their restrictive fighter contracts . White believes Paul’s desire to fight in the UFC in exchange for fair pay for his fighters is really just a plot to fight in the UFC to maximize his earning potential.
“Jake is the exact opposite of (Logan Paul),” White said on The Pivot Podcast. “He likes to stir shit, ass heads and all that. It’s Attention 101. It’s a manual for attracting attention.
“I just take it for what it is. And the media likes to print it – not the real media, internet idiots – they like to use what it says because they’re looking for clicks. But at the end of the day this kid wants to fight here he doesn’t want to fight here because he don’t think we really don’t pay guys he wants to fight here because he knows it’s there where the money is, no matter what he says.
In early 2022, Paul put an online deal with White, who essentially traded him ending his boxing career for a one-fight UFC deal and better fighter pay for UFC fighters. Beyond a UFC move, Paul expressed a lot of interest in MMA fighting at some point in his combat sports career.
White never took up the challenge and he wasn’t asked about it during his appearance on “The Pivot Podcast,” but he left the door open for Paul’s potential debut inside the octagon.
“I would never say never,” White said. “I don’t know. I watch it sometimes and it’s a bit intriguing, but it goes against what I do. I really bring the best of the best. And I tried to make a few of that celebrity stuff with a couple of WWE guys and some worked some didn’t but I wouldn’t say no I did Mayweather-McGregor when I said I never would so who knows .
Paul, 25, has fought three times in 2021, beating former UFC fighters Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley. Paul knocked out Askren, then won a split decision over Woodley before knocking him out in their December rematch. Paul has yet to book a fight for 2022.