Jake Paul has been involved in a number of rivalries with fellow fighters, promoters, and analysts since entering the combat sports world. His most personal relationship, though, maybe with Dana White.
The YouTuber has criticized the UFC president over pay-per-view prices, fighter compensation, and fighter healthcare – and has even invested in the UFC’s parent company in an attempt to establish a name for himself.
While White has tried to distance himself from the dispute, Jake has kept it going, and he’s even found a fan in UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, who claims he agrees with what the social media star is saying.
On February 18, the Cameroonian fighter – who has reportedly ‘negotiated’ a fight with Jake – posted an interview to YouTube in which he was asked about the “Twitter war” that has been going on for the past few months.
“I’m following everything,” Ngannou said. “I’m aware of what’s going on.” “Jake Paul has a special way of communicating with others. Maybe not in the same way that I will communicate, but I can’t blame him in the meantime. I completely agree with what he says.
“When he claimed for fighter healthcare, oh, I am 100 percent down with that. He claimed for a fighter pay increase, I’m 1000 percent down for that,” he added. “So, the fighters are not protected, fighters are all out there on their own and nobody looks up to them. They are putting their body on the line for something. At least give them healthcare. I’m 1000 percent down for that.”
While Jake has attempted to make inroads in the UFC and has received some support, nothing has happened as of yet.