Dana White blasts Logan and Jake Paul as a ‘big gimmick’ and says ‘neither one of those guys can fight’ as he rules out YouTube brothers ever being a part of UFC – with sport’s president scarred by novice CM Punk’s dismal showings
- Logan Paul and his younger brother Jake are transition from YouTube to fighting
- The pair have upcoming boxing bouts against Floyd Mayweather and Ben Askren
- UFC president Dana White has said the brothers will never be part of the UFC
- White gave ex-WWE star CM Punk an opportunity in UFC and he lost both fights
UFC president Dana White has emphatically ruled out of the prospect of Logan and Jake Paul ever fighting on his card as he has learned from his mistakes with CM Punk.
The Paul brothers are diversifying into the boxing world, having made their name as YouTubers.
Logan Paul, 25, is fighting welterweight legend Floyd Mayweather in a special exhibition clash at some point this year, while younger sibling Jake, 24, will box former UFC star Ben Askren in an eight-round bout on April 17.
Jake Paul (left) and his older brother Logan (right) will never fight in the UFC insists Dana White
UFC president White (left) has blasted the YouTubers-turned-boxers, calling them a ‘gimmick’
Speaking earlier this year Logan said he would ‘want to do a UFC fight one day’ but that is completely out of the question for White.
‘Neither one of those guys can fight,’ he adamantly declared. ‘It’s all a big gimmick. Like I said in a [recent] press conference, there’s a market for that.
‘If people are dumb enough to spend their money watching that s***, I don’t know what to tell you.
‘Good luck to them. I [couldn’t] care less what that guy [does].
‘I get it. He’s trying to make some money and is doing his thing. There are people who want to spend money on that. I’m not that guy.’
Logan Paul will face boxing icon Floyd Mayweather (right) some point this year in an exhibition
Jake Paul will face ex-UFC welterweight fighter Ben Askren in an eight-round bout on April 17
White has his reasons for this after offering former WWE wrestler CM Punk, real name Phillip Brooks, a chance within his promotion.
Brooks had limited MMA experience and that told as he lost both of his fights within UFC. The first was a submission to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in September and the second was to Mike Jackson by unanimous decision at UFC 225 on June 9, 2018.
‘The thing was CM Punk would come to the fights and he was such a huge fan and he wanted to try this. I gave the guy a shot,’ he continued.
‘I’ve never done really anything like that, except for Brock Lesnar. It worked out with Brock, it didn’t work out with Punk.
‘No [regrets giving him a shot] he’s a nice guy. I regret putting Michael Jackson in there. I will not call him Mike Jackson. He’s Michael Jackson. I regret that. That I regret.’
White has learned from his mistakes after giving CM Punk a chance in the sport in 2016-18