Dana White reacts to Jake Paul’s UFC 261 run-in with Daniel Cormier, trashes ‘freakshow’ Triller
The previous, he stated, is “doing one thing proper.” The latter is “a freakshow.” The distinction in his thoughts is that one is benefiting from the second, whereas the opposite is making up issues that don’t exist.
It wouldn’t have been out of character for White to trash Paul, who received Daniel Cormier’s finger caught in his face as he stood on the world flooring at VyStar Veterans Memorial Area simply past the printed and officers’ space on the pay-per-view occasion. The UFC exec beforehand has attacked the Paul brothers for punching above their weight. However after Paul’s third skilled boxing win, a knockout of MMA star Ben Askren, he struck a extra measured tone.
“I’ve stated it earlier than and I’ll say it once more: This child’s executed a superb job of placing himself in a spot to make some cash, man,” White stated on the post-UFC 261 press convention. “So, good for him. He’s received you guys speaking about him on a regular basis and asking questions on him. He’s received Daniel Cormier operating after him, so he’s doing one thing proper.”
Separated by bouncers, Cormier didn’t escalate issues additional with Paul, who beforehand had made headlines by calling for a two-on-two showdown. It wasn’t instantly clear why the YouTube star determined to attend UFC 261 in individual. However the response he received because the confrontation occurred was instantaneous, and it was not appropriate for work.
Heels typically do the most important enterprise in fight sports activities, so the query of whether or not White may work with Paul wasn’t an uncommon one. However the UFC exec shortly shot that down.
“He knocked out an NBA man that was 40 years previous and 30 kilos lower than him,” White stated. “I don’t even know what to consider the Askren factor. The entire thing is f*cking mind-boggling to me, however good for him. Seize that cash whilst you can, child.”
White revered Paul’s six-figure purse, however he scoffed at the concept the younger fighter had raked in thousands and thousands extra with a reported 1.5 million buyrate for the battle with Askren, and the concept what he did with Triller would translate to the octagon.
“Are you aware what would occur to this man – he ain’t preventing within the UFC,” White stated earlier than catching himself. “You’re getting me f*cking speaking about this man once more. He’s getting handpicked opponents, and god is aware of what else is happening with that entire f*cking factor. There’s a marketplace for that. That’s not what I do.
“Folks wish to see that, and it’s nice, and this child’s going to make a pair bucks earlier than this journey is over. It’s simply not what I do. What I do is what occurred tonight. What occurred tonight is we bought this place out and it was packed, and the numbers that you just’re listening to that they did are filled with sh*t. They’re filled with sh*t. They didn’t pull these sort of numbers. In any respect. Not even f*cking shut. Tonight, what occurred right here tonight is what I do. The very best versus the very best.”
In that, White had just about as near an image excellent evening. The complete pay-per-view card was one “holy sh*t” second after one other, he stated, as highlight-reel finishes and brutal accidents occurred within the octagon. Enterprise would doubtless be massive when pay-per-view totals have been tallied with broadcast associate ESPN+. Speaking about an upstart boxing league was not excessive on his checklist.
“I don’t consider something they are saying,” White stated. “That’s a f*cking circus. None of that’s actual. Do you suppose any of that sh*t that’s occurring over there’s actual? C’mon, man. I constructed an actual enterprise right here, an actual sport.”