Jake Paul Looking To Create A Fighters Union, ‘Disrupt’ Dana White’s Business
Jake Paul is continuing to disrupt the MMA community, but most specifically, the UFC.
Paul was recently a guest with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s “First Take” where he went more in depth on his motivations and why he’s so focused on the UFC and its fighters.
“I’ve been in the gym, and I’ve seen how hard these guys work and how mistreated they are and how underpaid all of them are,” Paul said.
“So it’s really about fighter pay and getting them healthcare and poking the bear and disrupting (White’s) whole entire business.”
The Youtuber turned pro boxer also went as far as dropping a diss track on Friday where a look alike Dana White, UFC’s president, can be seen in the thumbnail. In an Instagram post on Thursday, Paul teased the track and tagged White, Conor McGregor, Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz – all fighter’s he’s called out before.
Paul and White have been in ongoing public disputes through social media and media. Paul mainly criticizes White for paying fighters poorly, a topic which has become popular in more recent years.
White, however, denies the claim.
“I’m not stopping anytime soon, but this is about the fighters,” Paul said.
“I want to create a fighters union. This is my goal, is to really impact the whole entire sport – both MMA and boxing – and leave an everlasting stamp. And I just so happen to not be beholden to anybody. A lot of these UFC fighters are beholden to Dana White. They can’t speak out against him. So I’m using my platform because I’m one of the very few people who actually can. I’ll say whatever. I’ll speak the truth. I’m just doing what my responsibility is as a fighter and as someone who cares about other fighters.”
Paul has fought two former UFC fighters including Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley – both of whom he’s defeated.