While UFC president Dana White isn’t interested in sending his fighters to compete in a boxing ring against Jake Paul, he is offering another unique challenge to the YouTube star. A drug test challenge has been added to the ongoing feud between White and Paul.
Paul recently knocked out former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in Tampa, Florida to go 2-0 against the MMA star. Following the fight, Paul pleaded with White to allow Jorge Masvidal or Nate Diaz, two fighters under contract with the UFC, to fight him. While Masvidal has called him out, it doesn’t seem like the money potentially offered (around $5 million) would entice him or the UFC to let that happen.
White is adamant that nothing will take place between Paul and his fighters. One of the only times White has allowed someone to fight in a boxing ring while under a UFC contract was when Conor McGregor fought Floyd Mayweather.
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Masvidal made his MMA debut in 2003. Competing all over, he joined the UFC in 2013. 12-8 with the promotion, Masvidal owns the record for fastest knockout in UFC history against Ben Askren. He beat Diaz for the BMF Title in 2019, and has since lost two in a row to Kamaru Usman, both times for the UFC Welterweight Title.
Diaz made his MMA debut in 2004. The Stockton native joined the UFC in 2007, winning The Ultimate Fighter Lightweight Tournament. 15-11 with the promotion, Diaz is known for his hard-hitting style and personality. He is currently on a two-fight losing streak, last facing Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June.
This has not stopped Paul from calling White out on fighter pay, how he treats other people, and famously, drug use. White has decided to lay down the gauntlet when it comes to drug talk.
“So this guy keeps saying that I’m a cokehead,” White said. “He can randomly cocaine test me for the next 10 years if I can randomly steroid test him for the next two.”
Since turning pro in 2020, Paul has won four of his five fights via knockout. He has beaten YouTuber AnEsonGib, former NBA star Nate Robinson, former MMA champion Askren, and Woodley. Over the past few months there have been questions surrounding Paul and PED usage, which Paul has denied using several times.
White’s request goes along with Woodley and Tommy Fury’s inquiry. There has been a lack of testing during Paul’s fights, although he was tested before the initial Woodley bout. Before pulling out of their fight due to injury, Fury stated to MMA Junkie that Paul refused to go through a drug test via VADA.
Paul has gone on record, however, and has stated he is open to any test that is offered at any time.