By: Sean Crose
“Why don’t you go combat
a fucking boxer?”
That’s the query UFC honcho Dana White has for the Jake Paul’s of the world after Paul knocked out former UFC notable Ben Askren within the first spherical of their cruiserweight battle final Saturday. The combat seems to have been an enormous pay per view occasion and has raised questions as to Paul’s selection of opponents – for the social media star turned extremely profitable boxer has but to fulfill a fellow boxer within the ring. Paul has thus far overwhelmed a fellow social media influencer, a former NBA participant, and Askren. Though Paul has expertise, White feels the person is choosing the flawed targets.
“What the fuck do these guys maintain speaking to UFC guys for?” White requested throughout an interview with Yahoo. “I’m gonna should slap them with one other fucking authorized letter, these fucking idiots. Go discuss to fucking boxers. What are you doing?” It’s price noting that White didn’t point out Paul particularly right here. That could be as a result of any variety of boxers and MMA fighters appear to want to meet within the ring. It began with Conor McGregor preventing Floyd Mayweather in an insanely profitable 2017 novelty bout. Since that point, the development solely appears to have picked up steam.
There’s causes for
this, after all. In style boxers have a tendency to make more cash than MMA stars – quite a bit
extra. What’s extra, a way of mutual disrespect could also be at play. Skilled
boxers are apt to see blended martial artists as straightforward cash within the squared
circle. Likewise, there’s a perception amongst some that blended martial artists are “actual”
fighters who can “educate” professional boxers as to what a real fight sport athlete really
is. McGregor and Paul might have been those who’ve gotten an training so
far – however even then, every man was nicely rewarded for his efforts. Moreover, how
shameful may it probably be for a blended martial artist to lose to a professional boxer
on the boxer’s personal turf?
White, nevertheless, seems to be fed up with all of it. With Daniel Cormier – a extremely adorned UFC fighter who’s reportedly retired, however nonetheless underneath contract – being referred to as out by Paul as a doable opponent, the UFC boss went out of his method to make his ideas clear (for the document, Cormier appears to assume the thought of preventing Paul is ridiculous). With numerous cash apparently at stake throughout, nevertheless, that authorized letter White talked about might should be fairly strongly worded.