UFC President Dana White has been drawn into the conversation regarding YouTube celebrity Jake Paul and his burgeoning boxing career. Paul, who is now 2-0, will take on former UFC fighter Ben Askren (who is 0-0 in the boxing ring) on April 17.
In a recent appearance on Mike Tyson’s podcast White passionately expressed that he did not believe Paul was a real boxer and that ‘former world champion’ Askren would win their fight.
White went so far as to bet $1 million that Askren would beat Paul.
As you’d expect from a professional social media user Jake Paul reacted to White in quick fashion (and in public).
Jake Paul responds to Dana White. pic.twitter.com/rTKSfKLw27— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) March 11, 2021
“Dana let’s double the bet up! $2 Million. We wire the money into escrow. $4 million total. Winner takes all. My team will be in touch to make a contract. After I knockout Ben, we can set up Jake Paul vs. Dana White 2021 since you consider yourself a “Boxer” and me a “YouTuber”
It’s easy to say that there’s no way White and Paul will actually make a bet on this fight, or that White will ever meet Paul in the boxing ring, but this is the fight game. And stranger things have happened.
Either way Paul continues to prove his ability to get his name mentioned in the world of combat sports. Don’t expect that to end any time soon, no matter what happens on April 17.