Dana White offers blunt response to Jake Paul’s plea to fight UFC stars

Dana White has dismissed the chances of Jake Paul facing UFC stars such as Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz in further crossover bouts.

Paul recently defeated former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in a rematch earlier this month and is continuing to plan contests with the promotion's leading stars.

He was quick to call the likes of Conor McGregor, Masvidal and Diaz to the boxing ring, begging White to allow his fighters to fulfil externally promoted events.

But the promotion's kingpin has quickly moved to rule out the possibility of further crossover bouts, pointing out that Paul is yet to face a natural boxing star.

“No (scenario I’d let Diaz or Masvidal box Paul while under UFC contract),” White said. “You notice how he wants to fight f****** everybody that’s not in his weight class, guys that are older and all this bull****.

"Go fight a boxer. Go hump somebody else’s leg, you goofball.”

Paul's feud with the UFC president has continued in recent months as he continues to campaign for the fighters in the promotion to face greater financial reward.

Potential bouts with McGregor, Masvidal and Diaz could offer huge paydays for the YouTube star who is continuing to generate lucrative revenue from bringing new eyes to the sport.

White has frequently responded to Paul's trolling jibes by pointing out his "weak" current opposition in the ring having fought retired fighters Ben Askren and Woodley.

UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling has backed White to beat Paul himself in the boxing ring after the persistent call-outs.

"He should fight Dana, that would actually be hilarious," Sterling said on his YouTube channel.

"I think Dana might actually beat him up though cause Dana is his size and Dana's actually boxed, I don't know if he boxed like professionally, I think he might've done couple of amateur fights.

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"But I think Dana got like decent hands and I think he's watching a fight where he would be okay, just the cardio. They should fight, like that's the fight to make right now."

White has previously teased making a new promotional involvement in the sport of boxing by expanding the company through 'Zuffa Boxing'.

However he has negative opinions on the sport and has criticised it's structure by comparison to his rankings system in the UFC.

White has previously helped put on the mega-money crossover boxing bout between the sport's huge superstar Floyd Mayweather and McGregor back in 2017.

After scoring a brutal knockout of Woodley earlier this month at short notice, Paul begged White to let him face Kamaru Usman and other stars as part of his 'hit-list'.

"I just knocked out a five-time UFC champion and embarrassed your whole company," Paul said in a message to White.

"Please, please let me get Kamaru Usman, let me get Diaz, let me get Masvidal, let me get McGregor because I'm going to embarrass them too.

"I promise you that, Dana, I promise you that."

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