Dana White slammed Jake Paul’s fighter pay jibes as “bulls***” as he reiterated that the YouTube star’s last fight did not perform as well on pay-per-view as he has claimed.
Paul will face former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in his fourth professional boxing bout on August 28. Reports suggest Woodley will make a significant sum as a base rate from his fight with the YouTuber.
This fact, along with his brother Logan reportedly selling one million pay-per-view buys in his exhibition bout with Floyd Mayweather earlier month, were put to UFC boss White following UFC 263 – and he verbally unloaded on the YouTube star.
“Jake? The other brother?” White responded when asked about the younger Paul sibling in the post-fight press conference.
“Jake didn’t do a million pay-per-view buys – his brother did a million. Him and Floyd did a million, last time we did a press conference I told you all that Triller stuff is a bunch of bulls***.
“They’re lying, their numbers aren’t what they claim. But Logan and Floyd really did that number, that’s a real number. They did that.
“Jake didn’t do that; Logan and Floyd did, and good for them. That’s a real number, they really did that, and good for them.”
Asked about Paul’s comments on fighter pay, including claims that Woodley will make considerably more from his boxing debut than he did in any of his six UFC title fights, five of which he entered as champion.
“I’ve been hearing that bulls*** forever, they’re all full of s***,” White continued. “What’s he making? Exactly.
“If it’s that much money and he’s so proud of how much it is, how much is it? They’re all full of s***.
“But that’s how you hype up a fight too, and I keep not wanting to do this. Tyron Woodley is forty years old. He hasn’t won a fight in three years, in something that he’s actually supposed to be good at!
“And now he’s going to go box, how do you sell that fight? Lots of other things other than the shit that should matter; ‘I’m making millions of dollars, this is the biggest payday ever.’
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“Jake Paul will say mean things about me. ‘Pay your fighters.’ And you guys will get right into it and love it, it’s all bulls*** – all a bunch of bulls***.”
The Paul brothers aren’t the only people to question White’s ability to pay fighters fairly, with heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou also calling the issue into question after the June 6 exhibition.
“It’s crazy to think that Logan Paul (0-1) just made $20M on a boxing exhibition,” Ngannou said in a tweet, which was liked over 65,000 times. “What are we doing wrong?”
Ngannou reportedly made $730,000 (£525,000) in his win over Stipe Miocic, which is just $40,000 (£28,000) more than the younger Paul brother was paid as a base rate to fight Ben Askren in April.