As far as Dana White is concerned, Jake Paul doesn’t really care about fighter pay.
For over a year now, Paul has been attacking the UFC president and the promotion as a whole for its fighter pay and restrictive contracts.
However, there are some who believe the YouTuber-turned-boxer doesn’t really care at all, and is only bringing attention to it to get attention on himself.
White fully agrees with that assessment and even believes the reason Paul previously called to fight in the UFC is because that’s where all the big money is.
“Jake is the exact opposite of (Logan Paul),” White said on The Pivot Podcast (via MMA Junkie). “He likes to stir sh*t up, butt heads, and all that stuff. It’s attention 101. It’s textbook how to get attention.
“I just take it for what it is. And the media like to print it – not the real media, the goofy internet guys – they like to use what he says because they’re looking for clicks. But at the end of the day, that kid wants to fight here. He doesn’t want to fight here because he doesn’t think we really don’t pay guys, he wants to fight here because he knows this is where the money is regardless of what he says.”
Dana White Doesn’t Rule Out Jake Paul UFC Fight
So could we see Paul actually compete in the Octagon?
White has clearly voiced his displeasure at that prospect in the past and has stated that he’s only looking to book the best fighters in the world.
But then again, this is the same promoter who brought in CM Punk and green lit the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match back in 2017.
That is why White is not going to say never about that possibility.
“I would never say never,” White added. “I don’t know. I look at it sometimes and it’s kind of intriguing, but it goes against what I do. I really do bring the best of the best in. And I’ve tried to do a couple of those celebrity things 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 would never do it, so who knows.”
Crazier things have certainly happened in combat sports.