Jake Paul says he has gotten some legal warnings from the UFC during his prep for Anderson Silva.
Jake Paul is claiming that the UFC is trying to sabotage his fight with Anderson Silva. The YouTuber turned boxer will be taking on the former UFC champion on Saturday in a much-anticipated boxing match. The leadup to the fight has been far from easy and now Paul is explaining what else he has been dealing with from the UFC brass.
Paul and UFC president Dana White have never really seen eye to eye. They have been involved in back-and-forth Twitter wars and disagreements on a wide range of topics, especially fighter pay. Paul has been a vocal advocate of increasing fighter pay and has bashed the UFC for their fighter rates on several occasions. Now it seems the UFC is doing what it can to make Paul’s life difficult in any way possible. Paul explained that the UFC has been sending legal documents his way all through fight week.
The UFC has sent Jake Paul a cease and desist letter for copyright infringement
Paul has made his fame as being a guy who boxes former MMA champions. He has done this with Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley before now being matched with Silva. Paul claims the UFC is targeting him now for using footage of Silva’s UFC days in promotional videos.
“It’s the shark at the top who, if he doesn’t like you, he’ll do anything he can to try and stop. I don’t know. That’s why it doesn’t make any sense to me,” Paul said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I mean, this guy that you know, this guy Dana and the UFC, were sending me cease and desist letters this whole entire week to take down YouTube videos where we had highlights of UFC, of Anderson in the UFC in the video, which is all over the internet, right? But their lawyers send us a cease and desist. He’s doing anything he can to try to mess us up on this fight week. And it’s clear that he has some sort of vendetta against me and maybe you (Silva) as well.
Paul thinks it could also have to do with the fact that the UFC may not like Silva signing up for this bout. This issue is just the latest of the problems for Paul and Silva this week. Earlier in the week, it seemed that the bout would be in trouble of cancellation. The Arizona Boxing Commission caught wind of Silva saying he had been knocked out twice in training camp, a statement that would later be labeled as an exaggeration. There was an emergency meeting called but ultimately the fight was cleared.
These two will be meeting on Saturday night live from the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ