‘I Wouldn’t Sign Him’ – Dana White Claims Jake Paul Wanted to Sign a Deal With UFC

Published 07/08/2021, 11:40 PM EDT
CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 24: UFC President Dana White interacts with media during the UFC on FOX press conference on January 24, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Fighter’s pay is a dormant issue, always waiting for someone to shine a light on the subject to become a movement. The YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul has accused UFC President Dana White on multiple occasions on this particular issue. While talking about this issue, White revealed that he once had declined Paul’s offer.

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When someone with a huge following makes a big statement, it immediately becomes a hot topic on the internet. In this case, Paul‘s statement on UFC’s fighter pay has got a lot of attention. Hence, his criticism of Dana White and the UFC’s fighter pay rates now has the mainstream media broaching the subject. 

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In a recent interview with CNBC Television, the interviewer asked White to share his thoughts on Paul’s criticism of him on this particular issue. That is when the UFC President said – “He is out there complaining about fighter pay, he wanted to sign with us. I wouldn’t sign him.”

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Dana White addresses the UFC’s fighter pay issue

Besides Jake Paul, few well-known UFC fighters have also criticized White on this issue. A notable example of it is one of the biggest names in UFC history, Jon Jones, who has been in a highly publicized dispute with the UFC regarding this exact subject.

 

Hence, it was about time that the UFC President Dana White had his say on this matter. In the same interview, White addressed the fighter’s pay issue.

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White said – “That has been going on for 20 years, and it will be going on for the next 20 years. I don’t think you are ever gonna see a scenario where you see a fighter or anybody for that matter saying they are overpaid. And you are always gonna have a certain level of guys that feel like they are being paid enough. You don’t hear guys that actually bring in the revenue complaining about pay like a Conor McGregor.”

What do you make of what the UFC President had to say about fighter’s pay?

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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