DANA WHITE has refused to allow Jorge Masvidal or Nate Diaz to face Jake Paul after he called the ‘Goofball’ YouTuber ‘Go Fight a Boxer’.
5-0 Paul knocked out the UFC welterweight pair after defeating one of White’s former champions, Tyron Woodley, in the boxing ring earlier this month.
But his contract with the UFC would prevent him from fighting outside the octagon unless he was given special permission.
And that scenario is shot by White, who has feuded with Paul online this year.
He told boxing trainer Teddy Atlas: “You see how he wants to fight everybody who isn’t in his weight class, guys who are big and all that bull***.
“Go fight a boxer. Hump someone else’s leg, you idiot.”
Paul, 24, was set to face 22-year-old Tommy Fury this month until the former British reality TV star passed out from a broken rib and chest infection.
Woodley, 39, signed on as a late replacement, but was ruled out in a rematch just three months after losing on points.
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He is now joined by YouTuber ‘AnEsonGib’, ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 37, on Paul’s KO list.
Fury’s fighting return means the social media sensation has yet to face an opponent who has previously had professional boxing experience.
But former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 35, revealed he is in talks with mentor Lupe Valencia to face Paul.
Chavez Jr. told Fight News: “Jake Paul and his men contacted me regarding a fight.
“I said ‘yes’, but then Lupe Valencia, who is now with Paul and was with me a few years ago, said he offered me $1 to $3 million dollars (£744,000 – £2.2m) plus salary Key-per-view.
“When it’s a fight that can sell millions and break records because he’s popular and I have a name, I’m a former world champion, so I made it clear that I need to split 50/50 to take it.” There will be fight.
“Keep in mind I have to go up to 190 pounds. Jake Paul is a big guy and weight matters, so it’s a risk.
“His people want to see me lose and take advantage, but they don’t know how to box. I know I can get them out.”