“They Are Full of Sh*t” – Dana White Says Triller Lied About Their Numbers on Jake Paul vs Ben Askren

Published 04/26/2021, 6:40 AM EDT
Dana White, president of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), reacts during a Bloomberg Television interview in Hong Kong, China, on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. In UFC, fighters square off in the Octagon, an eight-sided ring enclosed by a chain-linked fence where the object is to punch, kick, slam or choke the opponent into submission. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images


The Triller Fight Club’s Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren boxing event did great PPV numbers. Triller claimed they sold 1.5 million pay-per-views and also declared that they generated $75 million on the event. It became public knowledge when Jake Paul himself made a post on his Instagram. However, UFC President Dana White believes Triller lied about their PPV numbers.

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In the UFC 261 post-fight press conference, the media team asked White about his views on doing business with Jake Paul as he brings pay-per-view numbers.

Dana White replied, “The numbers are there? Na, I don’t know if the numbers are there. Listen, do you know what will happen to that guy if he fights in the UFC? You get me talking about this guy again.”

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It’s not a secret that White dislikes ‘The Problem Child’. To express it, later in the interview, White said that Paul is getting hand-picked opponents.

When White shared his point-of-view on Triller’s pay-per-view buys, he said, “The numbers that you are hearing that they did are full of sh*t. They are full of sh*t. Okay. They didn’t pull those kinds of numbers at all. Not even f**ki*g close.”

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Why does Dana White not willing to do Business with Jake Paul?

The ‘Problem Child’ influences the youth and always makes everyone take notice and talk about him Hence, his presence at any event guarantees that there will be eyeballs.

As already mentioned above, it’s not a secret that White dislikes the YouTuber. But is it the reason for him to choose not to do business with Paul?

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 17: UFC president Dana White interacts with media during the UFC Fight Night press conference at UFC APEX on September 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

To explain why he will never do business with Paul, White said – “It’s just not what I do. What I do is what happened tonight. What happened tonight is we sold this place out, and this place was packed.”

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The UFC President added, “What happened here is what I do, the best vs. the best. There is a market for that, people wanna see that stuff, and that kid is gonna make a couple of bucks then good for him, but that’s not what I do.”

It might be working great for Jake Paul, but Dana White doesn’t believe that ‘The Problem Child’ will be a good fit for his business. Hence, the UFC President will refrain from doing business with Jake Paul.

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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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