Jake Paul And Dana White Voted In The Top 50 Most ‘Influential Figures In Sports’

Jake Paul and Dana White made the top 50 in Sports Illustrated’s list of most influential people in 2023. 

The list was made up of a cross-section of people from differing backgrounds. In the ‘influencer’ section, Paul made his name on the list.

The ‘Problem Child’ has been instrumental in transforming the sport of boxing. Paul has managed to bring in a new wave of fans, having put on huge events such as the Tommy Fury fight.

This will be followed up by Paul’s fight with Nate Diaz on August 5th, 2023. Outside of the ring, Paul has also built up his ‘Most Valuable Promotions’ company, which has been instrumental in helping fighters secure bigger paydays.

Paul’s support for Amanda Serrano was testament to that, given that he has promoted her on his undercards as she went on to become the undisputed featherweight champion. 


“It’s pretty surreal to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. My manager was like well who’s on the cover of that specific magazine so, 50 most influential people in sports,

“I don’t know. I don’t know if I should be in the list but I guess I am so. Definitely crazy and surreal but if you just think about all the people in sports and how influential they are, it’s just an honor to be on the list,” Paul said 

In the executive section, Dana White made his way on the list. The President of the UFC presided over the company’s recent merger with the WWE that has resulted in the company going public at $21.4 billion.

That is likely to result in major crossover events between the WWE and the UFC moving forward.

But one man who did miss out was Conor McGregor. The Irishman has been away from the sport since 2021 following his broken leg against Dustin Poirier.

Naturally, that has resulted in McGregor’s star power being impacted, with no signs that the ‘Notorious’ will fight in 2023.

So for now, Paul and White are getting the credit.  

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