Dana White, Daniel Cormier and the capability crowd in attendance at Saturday’s UFC 261 weren’t shy in letting Jake Paul how they really feel concerning the controversial YouTuber-turned-boxer on an evening of excessive drama in Florida.
Paul’s fledgling fight sports activities profession continued this month when he knocked out former UFC fighter Ben Askren in a battle which Triller say generated a bountiful pay-per-view viewers, nevertheless it was clear that the 23-year-old hasn’t fairly discovered himself in the great graces of the UFC fraternity.
Chants of “F*ck Jake Paul” could possibly be heard escape through the featured prelim battle between Randy Brown and Alex Oliveira, with commentator Joe Rogan noting the tepid response – earlier than co-commentator Cormier asserting on the printed that he had simply had a confrontation with Paul, and that the 2 had been exchanging social media messages in the times after Paul’s first-round knockout of Askren.
“I just saw Jake Paul and I pointed at him and said don’t play with me,” said Cormier. “‘Cause I’ll smack him in the face. He’s proper there. I’ll slap [him]. I don’t play these video games, Joe.”
Speaking in the post-fight press conference, UFC boss White broke one of his own cardinal rules when he was asked about Paul – a fighter not under contract to him – and said that while he respects Paul’s ability to generate box office money, he says his combat career is little more than a “freak present“.
“This child’s carried out a great job of placing himself in a spot to make some cash,” White admitted.
“Good for him, he’s received you guys speaking about him on a regular basis, asking questions on him, received Daniel Cormier operating after him, so he’s doing one thing proper.
“He knocked out an NBA guy who was 40 years old and 30lbs less than him and I don’t even know what do think about the Askren thing.
“The complete factor is f*cking thoughts boggling to me, however good for him, seize that cash when you can child.”
I just know DC talked to him like his son. 😂 Wish I could have heard it.
— Absin (@AbsinAstro) April 25, 2021
His blood strain was by the roof, man’s was terrified
— buskya (@buskya2) April 25, 2021
His bottom lip is going like a sorry little boy
— Adam j Simpson (@AdamStrongo) April 25, 2021
Paul claimed in the aftermath of his fight with Askren that the event had generated a massive 1.5 million pay-per-view buys, leading to a bonanza of $75 million for the Triller-promoted fight.
White, though, is sceptical of those numbers.
“Nah, I don’t know if the numbers are there,” he said when asked about Paul’s promotional pull.
“Do you even know what would occur to this man? He ain’t preventing in the UFC. You’re getting me speaking about this f*cking man once more!
“You’re getting hand-picked opponents and God is aware of what else is happening with that complete f*cking factor.
“There is a market for that. That’s not what I do. People wanna see that, this kid’s gonna make a couple bucks before this ride’s over, and it’s just not what I do.
“And the numbers that you simply’re listening to that they did are stuffed with sh*t, they’re stuffed with sh*t. They didn’t pull these form of numbers at all, not even f*cking shut.
“I don’t believe anything they say, that’s a f*cking circus. I built a real business here, a real sport. That’s a freak show.“