Dana White doubts Jake Paul’s cancellation story, rips Paul’s ‘accountant’ rep

Dana White doubts Jake Paul’s cancellation story, rips Paul’s ‘accountant’ rep

Jacques-Paul canceled their August 6 fight against Hasim Rahman Jr. after stating that Rahman Jr. failed to reach the agreed weight for the match at Madison Square Garden. UFC president Dana White not so sure.

Reacting to the news that Paul vs. Rahman Jr. had been dropped, White hinted that a lack of interest in the event was a much bigger issue than anything involving the fighters.

“I think they sold less than a million dollars worth of tickets, and it costs $500,000 to turn on the f****** lights at MSG,” White told the UFC 277 post-fight press conference. “That’s what I think.

“Not to mention hotel rooms in New York and transportation and everything else is very expensive.”

Paul headlined the card against Rahman Jr. after his original opponent Tommy Fury was unable to get clearance to travel to the United States. The fight with former heavyweight champion’s son Hasim Rahman was scrapped after Paul’s team said Rahman Jr. couldn’t go down. at 205 pounds – after the match was originally scheduled to take place at 200 pounds. When Rahman Jr. allegedly requested a catchweight concession of 215 pounds, the fight was called off.

Even though White thinks poor ticket sales played a part in the event’s cancellation, he still doesn’t wish ill will on Paul or Rahman Jr.

“I’m not going to sit here and be happy or rejoicing that their fight is down,” White said. “These two guys, I’m sure, worked hard and practiced a lot to prepare for this fight, they spent money to prepare for this fight.”

While the UFC president rarely has a kind word where Paul is involved, he didn’t shoot him directly on Saturday. Instead, he criticized Paul’s choice of partners.

“I will say this, just because you were an accountant here doesn’t mean you know what’s going on here,” White said, referring to Paul’s business partner, Nakisa Bidarian, who was previously chief financial officer of the UFC. . “That doesn’t mean you can run a fight promotion business.”

Paul counts Bidarian as an advisor and business partner as co-owners of Most Valuable Promotions, the company that also manages the women’s boxing champion Amanda Serranowhich was previously scheduled to compete on the same card on August 6.

After what happened with the Rahman Jr. fight and the cancellation of the whole event, White offered Paul some pointed advice on his fighting career.

“I think Jake Paul probably needs to be around different people,” White said. “If he wants to stay in the sport, he needs to be around guys who really know how to fight.”

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