Dana White is actually on board with a Jake Paul matchup.
Dana White has never been a fan of Jake Paul, in fact, some might say that he hates him. Ever since Paul began to transition from YouTuber to boxer, he has been a sort of joke in the sport. Paul is an over-the-top personality who is actually making his way in the sport of boxing. He is winning, but the caliber of his opponents has been questionable. White has expressed on multiple occasions that in his opinion is that Paul is just out for himself and to make money. He seems to be doing well at that.
Paul has made a name for himself in the sport of boxing by fighting former UFC fighters. He knocked out Ben Askren and former UFC champ Tyron Woodley and has been calling for more. If a fighter is still under UFC contract, White will not let them fight Paul. White and Paul do not see eye to eye on several different subjects, including fighter pay. Paul has been advocating to have the UFC pay their fighters more. This just adds fuel to the beef between White and Paul.
Jake Paul is rumored to be fighting Anderson Silva next
Because Paul is becoming such a star, White is often asked about him in press conferences, much to his disdain. Recently he was asked about Paul possibly fighting another former UFC champion, Anderson Silva.
“I don’t give a shit. You know what I mean? But if he’s really fighting Anderson Silva, if he’s really fighting Anderson Silva if that’s true. It’s about time. He’s got a real fight on his hands here,” White said after the Contender Series on Tuesday night. “You know, regardless of how old Anderson is. Yeah, that’s a real fight.”
Silva spent 14 years fighting in the UFC. Upon his departure, he began boxing. He has done well in the new sport so far and has been calling for a fight with Paul. After the scheduled bout with Hasim Rahman Jr. fell through it seems he is now targeting Silva. The bout has not been officially announced yet but the targeted date has been revealed as October.