Dana White ‘Doesn’t Fault’ Jake Paul For Making Money, Downplays Feud

UFC President Dana White says he’d never fault YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul or anybody for that matter for trying to earn money.

In a short space of time, Paul has grown from an internet celebrity trying his hand at boxing against other online s…

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UFC President Dana White says he’d never fault YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul or anybody for that matter for trying to earn money.

In a short space of time, Paul has grown from an internet celebrity trying his hand at boxing against other online stars to a professional pugilist knocking out former MMA champions.

Whether you admire his presence and growth in the sport or see him as a disturbance, no one can deny the rapid rise “The Problem Child” has made into the combat sports mainstream.

Having fought and finished fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA star Nate Robinson, Paul turned his attention to mixed martial artists.

In three 2021 bouts, he knocked out former ONE and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren and defeated former 170-pound UFC titleholder Tyron Woodley twice, once on the scorecards and once with a brutal KO.

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In his quest for more eyeballs, bigger paychecks, and, if you believe it to be genuine, better pay for fighters, Paul has consistently called out and berated Dana White, the leading man for the world’s premier MMA promotion.

From sharing his disgust at the fact UFC women’s flyweight Sarah Alpar was forced to create a GoFundMe to finance her camp and expenses, to offering to enter the Octagon with Jorge Masvidal and retire from boxing if White increases fighter pay and provides a number of benefits for his roster, Paul hasn’t shied away from calling out the UFC President and his organization.

Dana White: “I Don’t Hate The Guy”

Dana White, Jake Paul

Despite all that, and in spite of his responses and accusations of steroid usage directed at the Cleveland native, White maintains that he doesn’t actually hate Paul. Instead, the 52-year-old sees “The Problem Child” as a kid who is simply “doing his thing” and making money, something White says he’d never criticize.

“He really hasn’t been a thorn in my side. I don’t hate the guy like people think I hate him,” White told Manouk Akopyan. “You know, he’s out there doing his thing. He’s a young guy who’s got a fanbase and is trying to make some money. I don’t ever fault anybody for that.”

Nevertheless, White has appeared unlikely to ever consider doing business with the 25-year-old star.

But citing the blockbuster ‘Money Fight’ between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in 2017 as an example of fan demand pushing him into the crossover market, the UFC kingpin hinted he’d be open to joining the ongoing surge in crossover bouts if the desire for him to do so reaches a similar level to what it did four years ago.

“It’s a tough one. Obviously, when there’s this underground swell from the fans and the media and the thing builds up into something like Mayweather vs. McGregor was, you know, you saw how that worked out, I ended up doing it,” added White. “But I haven’t seen anything that big and that crazy since… If there’s a fight that could be made with some of this other stuff that’s that big that my fans really wanna see it, I usually do it.”

While White continues to put together and host weekly fight cards, Paul will seemingly continue his unbeaten venture into the squared circle, with UFC stars Nate Diaz and Masvidal on his radar.

Should Paul continue to gain momentum and popularity in the combat sports realm, perhaps we’ll eventually see him enter the Octagon or do business in some way or another with White.

Can you picture Dana White ever doing business with Jake Paul?

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Dana White: Brandon Moreno Is Already A Huge Star

Dana White believes UFC Flyweight Champion Brandon Moreno has already established himself as a “huge star” on the global MMA stage.

In 2018, Moreno was cut from the UFC following back-to-back losses to Sergio Pettis and Alexandre Pantoja. Fast forw…

Dana White, Brandon Moreno

Dana White believes UFC Flyweight Champion Brandon Moreno has already established himself as a “huge star” on the global MMA stage.

In 2018, Moreno was cut from the UFC following back-to-back losses to Sergio Pettis and Alexandre Pantoja. Fast forward three-and-a-half years and “The Assassin Baby” sits atop the flyweight mountain having etched his name in history as the promotion’s first Mexican-born titleholder.

Moreno achieved that status at UFC 263 last June. After taking the seemingly-unstoppable Deiveson Figueiredo to a majority draw at UFC 256 six months prior, the Tijuana native earned an immediate rematch.

In front of a sold-out Arizona crowd, Moreno achieved his dream of having UFC gold wrapped around his waist. He did so after securing a remarkable rear-naked choke submission in the third round.

With his coveted status as Mexico’s first champ, his unique and likeable personality, and his immense ability in the Octagon, Moreno is quickly becoming one of the UFC’s top names and most popular champions.

During a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole, UFC President Dana White was asked if he believes Moreno is on his way to becoming a star. He responded by suggesting “The Assassin Baby” already is one.

“He already is (a star), he already is. I’ve been saying this to everybody,” White said. “Watch Saturday night when that kid comes into the arena. You don’t realize it until you do. We do some of these signings, and things like that with him, this kid’s a huge star and you’re really gonna see it and feel it on Saturday.”

Moreno Is Gearing Up For A 3rd Consecutive Title Fight Against Figueiredo

Having secured his spot on the 125-pound throne in 2021, Moreno’s attention will now turn towards defending the title and further cementing his place at the top of the division.

To do that, he’ll have to get past Figueiredo again. In the pair’s third consecutive title fight, they’ll meet for a blockbuster trilogy showdown in this weekend’s UFC 270 co-main event.

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While Moreno is being seen as the favorite by many, including oddsmakers like Draft Kings, the Brazilian appears to be in fine shape heading into his chance at redemption.

If Figueiredo avoids the weight-cutting issues he claims hampered his UFC 263 outing, we may see “Deus Da Guerra” back to his best on Saturday. If that’s the case, he’ll be a tough man to beat.

Who do you think will emerge victorious in the UFC 270 co-main event, Brandon Moreno or Deiveson Figueiredo?

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White Walks Cejudo & Manager Through How To Properly Request A Fight

Dana White has given some advice to Henry Cejudo and Ali Abdelaziz on how to get the former flyweight and bantamweight champion a fight.

After it was revealed Max Holloway was out of his trilogy match against Alexander Volkanovski for the featherwe…

Dana White, Ali Abdelaziz, Henry Cejudo

Dana White has given some advice to Henry Cejudo and Ali Abdelaziz on how to get the former flyweight and bantamweight champion a fight.

After it was revealed Max Holloway was out of his trilogy match against Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight belt, Cejudo was vocal about wanting the fight. However, the UFC showed no interest in the bout and decided to turn to the Korean Zombie instead. This was not the first time Cejudo has teased a comeback or called for a fight against Volkanovski. “Triple C” has been calling out Volkanovski frequently since his decision to retire.

Now, White has given Cejudo and Abdelaziz some advice on what they should do if Triple C is really serious in wanting to return.

“The thing is, Cejudo is retired,” White told Yahoo Sports (via MMAFighting). “There’s a way to go about it if you really want to fight, if that’s what you really want to do, you want the Volkanovski fight. What you don’t do is – I mean, you could. You could go online and start talking to Volkanovski and calling him names and all this stuff, but what you’d really have to do is pick up the phone and call and say, ‘Hey, what’s the procedure I need to follow to get back into a fight? I want to unretire and when can I get back into the USADA pool? How fast and what do I need to do?’ That’s how you get a fight.

“His manager (Ali Abdelaziz) has 280,000 fighters under contract in the UFC, Cejudo’s been here forever,” White continued. “If you really want to fight, get down here and make some calls and say, ‘Hey, what do I need to do to get back in to fight? I want to jump back in.’ That’s how you do it. You don’t call people out and call them names on Twitter and then expect we’re gonna pick up the phone and go, ‘Hey, we’ve got a fight for you!’”

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Henry Cejudo retired following a TKO win over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 to defend his bantamweight title for the first and only time. Although he retired, he has continued to talk about returning. Yet, Dana White says he or his manager hasn’t made a serious effort to actually book a fight.

For White, he makes it clear, if Cejudo is serious about returning, he needs to prove that and not demand a title fight on social media.

“Then get it done,” White said. “You know how to do it. Have your manager call over here and get the deal done. That’s why I was saying the other night and the media is saying, ‘Well, Henry Cejudo said this and this guy said that,’ – it’s a silly conversation. This is ridiculous to even talk about. You’re asking me about a retired fighter that isn’t anywhere near coming back, to take on Alexander Volkanovski, who is in a different weight class, in a short notice fight. Why are we talking about this? How does this make sense?

“If you really want to fight, get on the phone with your matchmaker and get the ball rolling.”

Do you think we will see Henry Cejudo fight again?

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Dana White Explains The Difference Between GSP & Henry Cejudo

Dana WhiteUFC President Dana White sat down with Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports to discuss all things UFC. One of the main topics of conversation for the pair was Henry Cejudo, following the recent announcement that Max Holloway dropped out of his trilogy bout with Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, ‘Triple C’ has been active on social […]

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UFC President Dana White sat down with Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports to discuss all things UFC.

One of the main topics of conversation for the pair was Henry Cejudo, following the recent announcement that Max Holloway dropped out of his trilogy bout with Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, ‘Triple C’ has been active on social media asking for that fight, something that Dana simply isn’t interested in for multiple reasons.

“First of all, Cejudo isn’t even in the USADA pool, there’s so many things that people don’t understand that it takes for this to happen,” White said. “George St Pierre was still in USADA you know what I mean, He would have to get into USADA again, and then there’s a period of time when he would have to be tested. You couldn’t just take a short notice fight in a different weight division, there’s so much more to it than that.”

Dana White Feels Henry Cejudo Doesn’t Really Want To Fight

Dana White Would go onto to reiterate this point later during the interview reminding viewers that if Cejudo really wanted to step back in and compete he knows what phone calls to make and that calling out division champions on social media isn’t the way to get a fight, especially when you’re retired.

“The thing is with Cejudo is hes retired,” White said. “There’s a way to go about it, if you really want to fight, that’s what you really want to do like you want the Volkanovski fight, you could go online start talking to Volkanovski calling him names and all this stuff, but what you really have to do is pick up the phone and call and say hey what’s the procedure I need to follow to get back into a fight. I want to unretire and when can I get back into the USADA pool how fast and what do I need to do, that’s how you get a fight.”

“If you really want to fight, get down here and make some calls”

“You’re asking me about a retired fighter that isn’t anywhere near coming back to take on Alexander Volkanovski who’s in a different weight class, on a short notice fight. Why are we talking about this? How does this make sense? If you want this fight, get on the phone with the matchmakers and get the ball rolling.”

It appears White has no interest unless Cejudo starts to follow the right steps to get back into the UFC, if hes serious about completing his quest for ‘Quadruple C’ status.

Do you think Dana White should book Alexander Volkanovski vs. Henry Cejudo?

Dana White Says Brock Lesnar Was Tested By USADA Before Mark Hunt Fight

Dana WhiteDana White has revealed that Brock Lesnar was tested for performance-enhancing drugs on multiple occasions leading up to his matchup with Mark Hunt. UFC 200 saw the return of Lesnar to MMA after being away from the sport for just shy of five years. The former heavyweight champion would take on Hunt in his return […]

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Dana White has revealed that Brock Lesnar was tested for performance-enhancing drugs on multiple occasions leading up to his matchup with Mark Hunt.

UFC 200 saw the return of Lesnar to MMA after being away from the sport for just shy of five years. The former heavyweight champion would take on Hunt in his return bout and initially got the best of ‘The Super Samoan’ beating him via unanimous decision.

However, following on from the bout it was revealed the result would be changed to a no-contest due to the fact Lesnar had tested both pre-fight and post-fight for the banned substance clomiphene. People were lead to believe that this was due to Lesnar not being under regular USADA testing which allowed him a ‘free pass’ on his return which enabled him to use such banned substances.

The UFC president has now claimed that Lesnar was regularly tested in the build-up to this matchup, in a recent interview with Yahoo Sports.

“USADA was testing him, he was tested leading into that fight,” White said. “He tested negative four times before he got into that fight”

Following on from this Lesnar wouldn’t compete in the UFC again.

Dana White And USADA’s Need To Tighten Testing Regulations

What seemed to cause an issue back in 2016 appears to still be giving the UFC problems now, and although the company uses USADA for testing their athletes more needs to be done by both parties to ensure fighters are competing clean.

Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling gave his thoughts on USADA and the need to implement stronger punishments for those fighters who do get caught testing positive.

“It bothers me, man, it sure does bother me because you should do jail time for doing steroids or EPO or any type of sh*t like that in the UFC, in combat sports, in general. You can literally rearrange someone’s career, their livelihood doing contact sports, man.”

Until testing improves there will unfortunately always be athletes within the sport who try to gain a competitive edge through cheating. What more should USADA do to clamp down even further on these athletes?

Is USADA doing enough to prevent the use of PED’s within the sport?