Dana White reckons that Jake Paul is going to get ‘knocked out’ in the not too distant future, but insists he doesn’t ‘hate the kid’.
The UFC boss warned the YouTuber-turned-boxer that his ’15 minutes are nearly up’ and that a knockout is on the horizon.
Speaking in an interview with FightHype.com, White said: “I hate the dildos who pop in here and say ‘Hey, pay Jake Paul’. I hate them worse than I hate Jake Paul.
“Listen, the kid is making money and makes people care. He makes people give a s***.
“I don’t hate the kid, I know people are very excited for the day when he gets clipped and gets knocked out.
“It is coming. His 15 minutes are nearly up, but the kid is going to make some money. Good for him.”
Although only there to enjoy the action, Paul managed to simultaneously annoy the crowd and former double champion Daniel Cormier, who he recently challenged to a fight.
Cormier has ruled out a fight, saying he’d ‘kill’ Paul if they ever had a bout, but it seemed as though Paul did get under his skin at last weekend’s event with Cormier saying he wanted to ‘slap’ him.
After the chant broke out, Commentator Joe Rogan said: “I found out what the chant was, it was ‘F Jake Paul’ – that’s what they were all yelling out.”
To which Cormier replied: “I swear to God I just saw Jake Paul, I pointed at him and I said ‘don’t play with me,’ because I’ll smack him in the face.
“He’s right there. I don’t play those games, Joe.”
Days before UFC 261, Paul had called Cormier ‘fat boy’ on Twitter and offered him a fight.
But Cormier has shut down any suggestions of a match, telling ESPN: “This dude would never fight me. I would kill him. Why would I ever fight someone like that?
“But my immediate reaction was, ‘I can’t stand this kid.’ So it works! I can’t stand this kid! But who punches down? You don’t punch down to somebody. I’m the guy that’s in the Hall of Fame. I’m the guy that won two world championships at the same time.
“I’m not gonna punch down to some kid that’s on YouTube that’s, like, ‘Fight me!’ Like, why? What have you done to earn the right to fight me?
“So, no, it’s silly and stupid.”