UFC's Dana White Fires Back at 'Cheater' Jake Paul, Alleges Boxer Uses Steroids

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 2, 2022

Dana White speaks at a news conference for the UFC 244 mixed martial arts event, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in New York. Jorge Masvidal is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz Saturday, November 2 at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
AP Photo/Gregory Payan

UFC President Dana White responded to the recent challenge from Jake Paul with his own post on social media:

danawhite @danawhite

.<a href="https://twitter.com/jakepaul?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jakepaul</a> you never responded to the challenge <a href="https://t.co/1uzI9mur1T">pic.twitter.com/1uzI9mur1T</a>

White called on Paul to get tested for steroids, saying he is a "cheater."

The reaction comes after Paul said on Saturday that he would retire from boxing and join the UFC for one fight if White made sweeping changes to his organization:

Jake Paul @jakepaul

Happy new year <a href="https://twitter.com/danawhite?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@danawhite</a>. Here is a real challenge for you… <br><br>I will immediately retire from boxing and fight Jorge Masvidal in the UFC if you agree to: <a href="https://t.co/bJScDVITvL">pic.twitter.com/bJScDVITvL</a>

"Nobody on earth thinks you really wrote that," White said of the message from Paul.

Paul is 5-0 in his boxing career, including two wins over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley. The former YouTube personality continues to target MMA fighters, recently trying to get a fight against Jorge Masvidal.

While Woodley and Ben Askren—another Paul victim—were free agents when they entered the boxing ring, Masvidal remains under contract with the UFC and likely won't be released for this type of bout.

White argued Paul is desperate for a big name to raise his profile.

"You're calling out Jorge Masvidal because he's a pay-per-view superstar," White said. "Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor, Mike Tyson, these are all superstars. You're not. You can't sell pay-per-views."

Paul has done his part to headline events to this point, but the 24-year-old is looking to further grow his brand as he continues his fighting career.