Jake Paul has reopened his bitter row with UFC president Dana White by accusing him of underpaying his fighters.
The YouTube star has been cashing in on his relatively new-found boxing fame, raking in millions from his three professional fights thus far, including his latest knockout victory over ex-UFC athlete Ben Askren.
White had called out Paul for lying about the success of his pay-per-view events, stating: “The numbers that you’re hearing they did are full of s***. They didn’t pull those kind of numbers, at all, not even f***ing close.”
However, Paul has now hit back at White by tagging him in a lengthy post on Twitter, which read: “Dana you claimed you would bet $1m on me losing. Set up Askren to train with Freddie Roach… gave him full access to UFCPI… and he still got his a** handed to him.
“Seems like you are the real douche… not Ariel [Helwani]. In my third fight I made more in total pay than any fighter in UFC history.
“Maybe it’s time to pay your fighters their fair share? No wonder they all want to get into boxing.”
Paul had claimed his clash with Askren attracted 1.3million PPV buys, while his last fight against ex-NBA star Nate Robinson was also popular, though mainly because it was on the undercard of Mike Tyson’s ring return against Roy Jones Jr.
He continued: “Dana you say you make the fights the fans want to see… so hurry up and make [Jon] Jones vs [Francis] N’gannou. Pay them their fair share, $10m purse for each guy, plus PPV.
“Why are UFC fighters so underpaid vs boxers? Why did I make more in my 3rd fight than all but two (Khabib and Conor) UFC fighters have in history? I know why…”
The 24-year-old has certainly ruffled a few feathers in the fight game as he continues to talk up fanciful lucrative showdowns with the likes of Conor McGregor, who provided a blunt response to the speculation, tweeting: “UFC high level fighting > Blogger jacka** boxing.”
Now retired UFC star Daniel Cormier seemingly wants a piece of Paul after they were involved in a ringside row at Saturday’s UFC 261 event in Jacksonville, Florida.
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But White made it clear he wants nothing to do with Paul during his press conference after the event.
“The kid has done a good job of putting himself out there to make some money. Good on him. He’s got you guys talking about him all the time – and Daniel Cormier running after him – so he’s doing something right,” White said, per South China Morning Post.
“I don’t believe anything they say. That’s a f***ing circus, none of that is real. You believe any of that s*** that is going on over there is real?
“I built a real business here. A real sport. That’s a freak show.”