Jake Paul believes that Dana White, president of the UFC, has been working behind the scenes to derail his planned boxing event.
Paul vs. Silva, an eight-round boxing battle, will be the main event of Saturday’s Paul vs. Silva event at Desert Diamond Arena. He and White have had several heated encounters, and he now says that White has tried to “sabotage” the event.
“The list goes on, and some of it I can’t even speak on,” Paul said.
“But he’s been sending cease and desists for my content promoting this fight, and just doing things behind the scenes that are really shady. And we’re just finding out more and more stuff as the promotion goes on. I’m sure I’ll speak on it more at a later date.”
“I think it’s because I’m the No. 1 figurehead that is exposing his business model and how much of a shark he is and how poorly he treats his fighters,” Paul said.
“He said I wouldn’t fight Anderson Silva, who is one of UFC’s greats, and now here I am fighting him. And he largely, in part, promoted that. He’s the reason why I took this fight, is to prove him wrong and shut him the hell up.”
Jake Paul has been quite outspoken about the need to increase fighters’ rights and compensation. Moreover, he has issued a challenge to White to alter his treatment of UFC athletes.
While White has been dismissive of Paul as of late, he did offer his opinion on the Silva bout when the details were being ironed out. As their exchanges continued, though, White eventually became frustrated by their focus on the boxing YouTuber.
“He’s also telling reporters not to talk about me because he doesn’t want my fights to be big,” Paul said. “He wants to be the only cash cow in town. He wants to run the fight game and I’m a threat to him being able to do that.”
“There’s been some big fires, but I can’t really talk about it,” Paul said.
“I’m sure it’ll – the truth always comes out. … What he doesn’t realize is he’s just adding fuel to the fire. But he’s trying to do anything he can to stop me, but it is cool that I am so on his radar that he feels threatened enough to care this much to try and sabotage my event.”