Dana White slammed Jake Paul and said that that Triller's reported pay-per-view figures are "full of s**t" in the aftermath of UFC 261.
YouTuber Paul showed up to the event in Florida, confronted former UFC champion Daniel Cormier and soaked in the abuse of the 15,000 crowd there to see Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal in the main event. But White blasted Paul's celebrity boxing career and poured scorn on his supposed drawing power.
Jake's first-round KO of ex-UFC fighter Ben Askren reportedly did 1.5 million PPV buys in the USA, generating $75 million. But the UFC president shot that down, saying: "They didn't pull those kind of numbers at all, not even f***ing close."
Dana White blasts Jake Paul and Triller at his press conference, saying their PPV buys claim is "full of s***" and the whole thing is a "f***ing circus"...- Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) April 25, 2021
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Asked in the press conference if he'd ever do business with Jake Paul by a reporter who said "the numbers are there", White responded: "The numbers are there?
"Nah, I don't know if the numbers are there. Do you even know what would happen to this guy? He ain't fighting in the UFC. You're getting me talking about this f***ing guy again!
"You're getting hand-picked opponents and god knows what else is going on with that whole f***ing thing. There is a market for that. That's not what I do...
"And the numbers that you're hearing that they did are full of s**t, they're full of s**t. They didn't pull those kind of numbers at all, not even f***ing close."
"I don't believe anything they say, that's a f***ing circus."
Triggered that fighters can get paid more than 50 quid and a bag of chips- George (@a_person232) April 25, 2021
Fucking love Dana :joy::joy:- John Parlanti (@JohnParlanti) April 25, 2021
Dana is just salty asf, end of story.- OP (@Luffy703) April 25, 2021
While the Triller Fight Club cards - which began with an exhibition between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones, then continued with Paul's knockout of Askren this month - have reportedly been highly successful, it is notoriously difficult to pin down exact pay-per-view numbers. So it's clearly White's strong suspicion that the numbers are not as impressive as has been reported.
He did at least grudgingly praise Paul for his self-promotional abilities, as the 24-year-old with the 3-0 boxing record looks to find his next opponent.
"This kid's done a good job of putting himself in a place to make some money," said White.
"Good for him, he's got you guys talking about him all the time, asking questions about him, got Daniel Cormier running after him, so he's doing something right.
"He knocked out an NBA guy [Nate Robinson] who was 40 years old and 30lbs less than him - and I don't even know what do think about the Askren thing.
"The whole thing is f***ing mind boggling to me, but good for him, grab that money while you can kid."
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