Jake Paul Challenges Dana White: ‘I’ll Fight Jorge Masvidal in the UFC’
The rivalry between Jake Paul and the Ultimate Fighting Championship escalated during the weekend after the 24-year-old YouTuber publicly challenged Dana White. Paul has been attacking the UFC President for a while now, especially in the build-up of the boxing fights that saw the young entrepreneur taking on MMA fighters. White has never hidden his dislike for Paul, accusing him of making up numbers related to the PPV buys.
The feud between the two reached a new level on New Year’s Day. Paul (5-0) took up to his socials to challenge White, saying that he would “retire from boxing and fight Jorge Masvidal” provided that the UFC President consented to his requests.
Happy new year Dana White. Here is a real challenge for you… I will immediately retire from boxing and fight Jorge Masvidal in the UFC if you agree to:
1) Increase min fighter pay per fight to $50K (it’s $12K now)
2) Guarantee UFC fighters 50% of UFC annual revenues ($1bn in 2021)
3) Provide longterm healthcare to all fighters (you previously said brain damage is part of the gig…imagine the NFL said that). There are many UFC alums who have publicly said they are suffering from brain damage
You have 5 days to accept and to implement the above by March 31, 2022. Once implemented I will immediately retire from boxing, enter USADA and agree to a 1 fight deal with UFC to fight weak chin Jorge
To all UFC fighters — time to take a stand and create value for yourselves and peers. You deserve higher pay, you deserve long term healthcare and above all you deserve freedom. Support each other. I am not your enemy, I am your advocate…who selfishly wants to KO a few of you to make some big bank
A few hours later, White dismissed the accusations of using cocaine that Paul implied on a previous occasion. Additionally, he asked to be tested for 10 years, provided that Paul passes some performance-enhancing drugs tests as well. At the moment of writing, it’s not clear who should run this drug-test-for-drug-test challenge.
You never responded to the challenge. You publicly stated that I use cocaine. I do not. So I told you [that] you could randomly cocaine test me for the next 10 years. I believe that you’re a cheater and I believe that you use steroids, so I want to randomly steroid test you for the next two years. And that thing that you came out with today, nobody on Earth thinks that you really wrote that. You’re too stupid.
White then had a few words for Paul’s manager, Nakisa Bidarian, and called him “warlock.” Bidarian is the former UFC Chief Financial Officer, a position he occupied before leaving the company in 2016. White never forgave him for that.
And for those of you that don’t know — if you’ve ever watched one of his fights and you see the staredowns, 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. 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, [that] 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.
What you and the warlock should be focused on is your business. 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. I’m ready to roll, buddy. I don’t use cocaine. Do you use steroids? Let’s do this, Jake.
So far, Paul had the last word. In a video he recorded while enjoying his vacation on the beach on Saint Barthélemy, a Caribbean Island, Paul labeled White as “the most selfish, capitalistic motherf*cker” and accused him of avoiding the points he raised about the fighters’ pay.
Welcome to the show, ladies and gentlemen. The bottom line, Dana, is that you won’t add healthcare because you don’t give a f*ck about them. And you’re too much of a greedy b*tch to pay your minimum fighter more than $12,000 for risking their lives. It’s what a janitor makes. You need to pay them $50,000, Dana. Stop avoiding my points.
You say Masvidal is a pay-per-view superstar,” Paul said. “Let’s go to his last Instagram post. (It has) 5,000 likes or 10,000 likes or some sh*t. Do you realize that my mom, Pam, gets more likes than your pay-per-view ‘superstars’? Men lie. Women lie. Dana White lies. Numbers don’t. You want to talk sh*t about my manager, who was the CFO of your company, that helped you sell it to Endeavor for $4 million? You’re just a jealous, ugly f*ck. You don’t know what true happiness is. You are the definition of a f*cking unhappy billionaire who thought that money would make their lives better. I feel bad for you.
Paul and White don’t seem to be nearly close to reaching an agreement or burying the hatchet. After scoring an impressive KO victory at the expense of former UFC welterweight kingpin Tyron Woodley, Paul challenged some UFC fighters to face him. The only one who answered the call was Masvidal, who asked Paul to wear the 4-ounce gloves and meet him inside the Octagon. Right now, it’s only a matter of money. The fight will happen if all the parties can reach a profitable deal.