Jake Paul says Dana White is doing ‘everything in his power to stop me’ ahead of Silva fight


Jake Paul is no stranger to going toe-to-toe with UFC president Dana White through the media, trading criticism over the fighter’s pay and Paul’s place in the combat sports realm.

Before his clash with Anderson Silva, however, Paul’s relationship (or lack thereof) with White took a different turn, according to the social media star. Speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press after Thursday’s open practice, Paul claimed White sent his team cease-and-desist letters before the fight, among other tactics, some of which he claims he can’t talk about.

“The list goes on, some of them I can’t even talk about. But he’s sending a Cease and Desist on my content promoting this fight and just doing things behind the scenes that are really shady,” Paul claimed. “And we just want to discover more and more things as the promotion goes on.” I’m sure I’ll talk more about that at a later date.”

As for his take on White’s motivations, “I think it’s because I’m the number one figure, which shows his business model and how big of a shark he is and how bad he treats his fighters,” Paul said.

Paul is talking about an MMA fighter union again this week. In fact, he went so far as to make a bet with Silva about the outcome of Saturday’s fight: if Paul wins, Silva must step in and help Paul form a fighter alliance.

White, however, is a big part of the reason why Jake Paul fights Anderson Silva on Saturday night in Glendale, AZ. The 25-year-old admitted as much. “He said I’m not going to fight Anderson Silva, who is one of the greats in the UFC. And now here I am fighting with him. And he largely encouraged it. He’s the one who…he’s the reason I took this fight is to prove him wrong and shut the hell up.”

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Paul also confirmed that White has banned both his friends and himself from UFC events. “He’s doing everything he can to stop me and my friends, I guess.”

Another of Paul’s accusations has to do with the media. According to Paul White, “he was also telling reporters not to talk about me because he didn’t want my fights to be big. He wants to be the only cash cow in town. He wants to lead the fight, and I’m a threat to him that he can do that.

Paul later said that “the truth always comes out,” adding that “what he didn’t realize was that he was adding fuel to the fire. He tries his best to stop me, but it’s cool that I’m so on his radar that he feels threatened enough to care enough to try to sabotage my event.

Jake Paul takes on Anderson Silva this Saturday, October 29, 2022 at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The event airs live on Showtime PPV and Fite.tv internationally.

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