Jake Paul and Dana White are not close friends and there is no disputing that. Paul recently accused Dana White of impeding his Anderson Silva PPV promotion as he is getting ready to take on Anderson Silva.
During the build-up to the match, Paul claimed that White was actively attempting to harm the promotion of the event. Paul stated that in a message posted to Twitter. He did not reveal further, leaving many perplexed about the context of his message.
“Dana White is doing everything he can to hurt the Anderson Silva PPV promotion. The same Silva he said I would never fight. The same Silva he has kept out of UFC Hall of Fame. Just shows how much he fears what I’m doing. Trust me change is coming & we are getting organized.”
Stephen Espinoza, head of Showtime Sports, weighed in on the divisive remarks on October 26. Stephen understands why those claims were made. He argued White was trying to slow down the promotion of the upcoming pay-per-view. Espinoza Shared the Threat Paul Poses to the UFC in an interview with MMA Fighting.
I think it’s a lot of little things, a lot of circumstantial things. I didn’t watch the entire press conference at UFC 280, but I didn’t see Dana asked about Jake during this last UFC event, this past weekend, which is unusual because he always gets asked about Jake. He may not answer, but he always does get asked. Obviously, I wasn’t there overseas at the event, but you wonder at that point it’s certainly a departure from what has happened in the past.
He is proving at a certain point with enough of a fan base, you can go on your own. You can be entrepreneurial. You don’t have to be with a huge promotion throughout your career and I think that is a threat to the established order of combat sports.
Jake Paul will face off against the famed mixed martial artist Anderson Silva this Saturday at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Paul enters the fight unbeaten in five professional boxing contests. He will try to add another UFC champion to his record after viciously knocking out former MMA champion Ben Askren and former UFC champion Tyron Woodley. This would undoubtedly be his most difficult opponent to date.