“You Never Know What Could Happen” | Jake Paul And Dana White Trade Barbs Over Potential McGregor Fight While Paul Sets Up Kanye vs. Pete

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Jake “The Problem Child” Paul is making waves as an athlete in the fight business, but his new nickname might become “The Matchmaker.”

Paul has been petitioning UFC President Dana White for a shot at former UFC champ-champ “The Notorious” Conor McGregor.

“Dana – Since you like me now, how about a 1 fight UFC deal to fight Conor,” Paul said on Twitter. “If I win, you agree to my UFC fighter pay and healthcare proposal. If I lose, I donate my entire purse to all UFC fighters who make less than $50K a fight and never mention UFC again. Deal?”

The Jake Paul Effect

Paul’s last fight was supposed to be against Tommy Fury, however, he rematched Tyron Woodley and knocked him out in the sixth round after Fury was injured.

He then swiftly said he was moving beyond Fury and started vying for a bout against boxing pound-for-pound king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

But Alvarez already has his 2022 opponents picked out in Dimitry Bivol and Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin. Plus while he is on a quest to conquer as many weight divisions as possible, Paul isn’t on the hit list.

Jake Paul vs. Dana White

However, Paul has also become a fighter advocate who has torched UFC president Dana White for the disparities in fighter pay for the premier MMA organization.

Ironically, White appeared on Logan Paul’s podcast, ImPaulsive, and was inevitably asked will he make the match between McGregor and the younger Paul.

“Probably not, no,” laughed White. “I’m never completely closed off to anything,” White said. “I used to say that about things, but I don’t say that anymore because you never know. You never know what could happen.

“We have the most successful combat sports business of all time, and what we do here is completely different then what he and his brother are doing. I’m looking for the absolute best in the world, these guys who have trained their whole life, they fight in these smaller shows and then they make it to the UFC and we’ve put the best against the best.”

White added, “There’s a market for what these guys do, and there’s money to be made in it.”

Not In The Weight Class Cards

However, the fight isn’t feasible anyway, as White explained the weight classes were off, with McGregor fighting at 145, 155, and 170 pounds and Jake Paul fighting at 189-191, the cruiserweight level.

Paul is unfazed as he has put his promoter hat on and now is trying to book a fight between Kanye West against Pete Davidson.

“My official @MostVpromotions offer for @kanyewest & Pete Davidson. I have $30m guaranteed for Kanye and $30m guaranteed for Pete + PPV upside. Money will be put in escrow before 6 round boxing match

“Let’s settle this beef like men, before the children get any more impacted.”

Paul The Promoter

Paul is looking to capitalize on the Kanye West vs. Pete Davidson beef over Kim Kardashian, and in true troll form is attempting to jumpstart it into the pay-per-view sphere.

Although it is highly unlikely, Paul is shooting his shot around the pop culture field, and that means no holds will be barred.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.