‘I Don’t Think Dana White is Going to Do That’- Joe Rogan Says No UFC Fighter Will Be Able to Beat Jake Paul in Boxing

Published 11/25/2021, 3:43 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Jorge Masvidal is interviewed by Joe Rogan after his victory over Nate Diaz (doctor’s stoppage) in their welterweight bout for the BMF title during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC commentator Joe Rogan sat down with Snoop Dogg who appeared on a recent episode of his Spotify exclusive podcast. Both men had plenty to talk about during their three-and-a-half-hour-long ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast special. Among those topics was Jake Paul who is one of the newest entrants into the landscape of boxing.

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‘The Problem Child’ is 4-0 as a professional and is coming off back-to-back wins over famed former UFC fighters. He first defeated former Olympian Ben Askren via TKO and then took a five-time UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, to the distance. Paul has shown that he’s taking the sport seriously and has aspirations for a world title.

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Will Jake Paul ever face an active UFC fighter?

Fans want to see Jake Paul against a UFC fighter in his prime so that Paul’s true ceiling in the sport will be clear. The YouTuber turned boxer is going head-to-head against fellow pro boxer Tommy Fury, but fans are wondering if a marquee MMA fighter awaits him in the future.

Joe Rogan commented on the same and ended up shooting down the idea of Jake Paul fighting an active UFC star fighter. According to Rogan, UFC President Dana White won’t be inclined to contractually allow one of his fighters to go into the boxing ring. However, if the match-up proves to be lucrative enough, anything is possible.

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“For them [UFC fighters] to get free from a UFC contract they currently have, I don’t think Dana White is going to do that. Maybe if they thought they could make a lot of money and there was someone like a current UFC fighter and they could arrange it.”

Dana White has clearly expressed a disinterest to co-promote with any one given fighter/promotion alongside the UFC. However, when it came to the box-office attraction of Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, Dana White changed his tune.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It remains to be seen if the UFC kingpin will be inclined to send over stars like Jorge Masvidal or Nate Diaz to face Jake Paul. One thing is for sure, the mass appeal of such a match-up would be astronomical for all parties involved.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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