While we have no idea who Jake Paul might fight in 2022, the one thing we can count on is continuous trolling. He continues to antagonize the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, and several of his fighters. Paul and White have been trading blows back and forth ever since Dana disrespected Paul’s paper view numbers against former UFC fighter Ben Askren.
“Paul’s PPV numbers are full of s–t,” said Dana White.
Paul clearly took this personally and decided to hit elbow the belt as well. He threatened White by saying that he will punch him in the head if they each other. Not to mention, he also made fun of White’s sex-tape blackmail story and takes regular shots at retired and current UFC fighters. Jake Paul also attempted to expose the UFC’s exploitative pay structure.
Recently Paul challenged White about the UFC payment methods again. An antitrust case brought by former UFC fighters revealed that the promotion has effectively locked in fighter pay at 20% of gross income, reported SB Nation. Over the past five years, these numbers have proven to be quite the shortchange for fighters compared to other major American league sports where most athletes earn close to 50%.
His latest social media post targeted the UFC once again. He proposed that he’d retire from boxing immediately and fight Jorge Masvidal in UFC if he brought the pay partly up to the 50% mark.
Happy new year @danawhite. Here is a real challenge for you…
I will immediately retire from boxing and fight Jorge Masvidal in the UFC if you agree to: pic.twitter.com/bJScDVITvL
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) January 1, 2022
Dana White responds to Jake Paul
It didn’t take much time for White to respond to Paul, claiming that he has ties with Paul’s manager and former UFC’s CFO, Nakisa Bidarian.
“That thing that you came out with today, nobody on Earth thinks that you really wrote that,” White said in a video posted on Twitter. “You’re too stupid. And for those of you that don’t know — if you’ve ever watched one of his fights and you see the stare-downs, the guy that’s standing in the middle with the warlock nose and the big wart on his face, apparently that’s his manager.
“That guy used to be an accountant for me,” White continued. “And let me say this, he no longer works for me and I think he’s a scumbag. But if you two think you can do it better than we do, we’re doing the whole thing wrong and you’re treating fighters better than we do? Knock yourself out. Go start your own business, it’s easy to do. Get the warlock on it. The warlock can get it started for you.”
— danawhite (@danawhite) January 2, 2022
“What you and the warlock should be focused on is your business,” White finished. “You’re tanking. You can’t sell pay-per-views. You’re calling out Jorge Masvidal because he’s a pay-per-view superstar. Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor, Mike Tyson, these guys are all superstars. You’re not. You can’t sell pay-per-views. So you do whatever the hell you want to do.”
Paul threatens to overtake the UFC
Oddly enough, Paul and Bidarian have already started their own business, Most Valuable Promotions. They began this business venture in April of 2021 around the Askren fight. However, with all the information White spewed, all the numbers say otherwise. Their first event with Paul vs. Woodley sold approximately 500,000 PPVs, per source. This is very impressive for any organization let alone a YouTube star.
Many thought it was a fluke, in his latest fight against Woodley which took place last minute due to a Tommy Fury injury. They racked in approximately 150,000 to 200,000 which is understandable how disappointing the first fight was for many fans. However, this fight ended in an electrifying knockout that will only increase the YouTuber turned boxers’ marketability for upcoming events.
Any company that can break 100,000 PPV buys should be considered a threat to the UFC.