Dana White has shot down the notion of Logan Paul fighting in the world’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion.
At a recent press event, the promotion chief made it clear that the internet celebrity has no business to do with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, stressing that he might get murdered if he dons a pair of four-ounce gloves and fights inside the cage.
— WWE on PopCulture (@WWEonPopCulture) August 9, 2018
The 23-year-old YouTube sensation recently starred in a boxing match against another social media giant, KSI. The Manchester Arena played host to this intriguing affair, which, after all the hype, ended in a draw.
Despite being an amateur bout, the KSI-Paul showdown received massive reception from sports fans and was able to eclipse most of the UFC events in 2018 in terms of pay-per-view record. With the success of this fight, there are now talks of staging a rematch, which will be held in the United States.
But before the second encounter with the British star takes place, Paul has expressed his desire to dip his toes into the MMA world, saying that he can finally put his wrestling background into use. And he wants the UFC to be his next home.
the thought of securing a fight in the @UFC is exciting… could finally use my wrestling background… but i hear some other celebrities/athletes want to catch these hands first? 😂
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) August 29, 2018
In a recent media scrum, White was asked about this issue and he quickly shut down any possibilities of Paul entering the Nevada-based promotion. He exclaimed:
“That guy would get murdered here. He would get hurt badly. Hurt badly. If I ever let him fight in the UFC I should be arrested.”
It did not take long before the YouTube sensation responded to White’s statement. He again took to Twitter to fire back on the promotion chief for what he thinks as a display of double standard.
damn. you’re thinking real simple D.
“he would get hurt badly”
you let CM fight. stop acting like you do it for the sport. paycheck = fight. you have no idea what I’m capable of. https://t.co/LzKi4tJi6f
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) September 21, 2018
The promotion had a previous history of welcoming outsiders on its backyard when it allowed CM Punk to fight in two UFC bouts. But White has a defense on the WWE star’s case.
“Everyone is going to go, ‘You let CM Punk fight in the UFC. ‘Hey, no hate for the kid. Good for him. Look at the business that guy has built on YouTube. Look at the numbers of viewers they did on YouTube. They did 800,000 at $10 bucks for two guys that fight fans have never heard of, I guess you would say. He did great business for himself and good for him. Awesome. But trust me. Don’t play around over here. You will get hurt.”
“Everybody always talks about CM Punk. CM Punk is one of the greatest guys you could ever meet. He’s a super good guy, he’s very passionate about the sport and he put his reputation and everything on the line to come fight here and I respect him for it. Obviously, it didn’t work out for him, but he’s got a lot of heart and a lot of balls to do that.”
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