Not only did Paul call out the former UFC middleweight champion, he defeated Silva by unanimous decision in an eight-round boxing match Saturday night at Desert Diamond Arena. It was a back-and-forth fight in which Paul was tested as never before in five previous fights, but all three judges scored it for him – which became easier when Paul dropped Silva with a right hand in the eighth round.
Now, back to that guarantee from White. Here’s what he had to say in September 2021 during Dana White’s Contender Series post-event press conference.
“I f*cking guarantee you this: You’re not going to see Jake Paul call out Anderson Silva,” White said. “That’s what I promised you.”
Moments later, White awkwardly challenged Paul to stop calling UFC fighters under contract and instead fight Silva, who has been free since leaving the UFC in late 2020.
It was a viral video that Paul did not forget. Because when given the chance to deliver a message to White after his win over Silva, Paul called back to it.
“Dana? … Dana? … Dana?” Paul said, mocking White. “Brother, you said I wouldn’t do this, and I did it – absolutely brilliantly. But, you know, he’s hidden. He tries to do everything possible to stop my running, to sabotage my fights. He hates me. He hates what I do. He hates (that) I’m exposing his business, and now we’re going to come together and create a united fighting association to help UFC fighters, all MMA fighters and boxers get more fighter pay, long term health care. That is a big, big undertaking that I have wanted to do for the whole time of my career since I met (manager) Nakisa (Bidarian). I told him on the first day: I want to make a fighting union.
“So, man, Dana White can suck this shit.”
The feud between Paul and White has been going on for about two years, ever since the YouTuber entered the fight game as a professional boxer. It escalated when he knocked out Ben Askren and then beat former UFC champion Tyron Woodley twice, including a knockout last December.
Things are sure to reach new heights if Paul follows through on his word about creating a fighting union with Silva as he continues to try to disrupt the UFC’s business.
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