Dana White certainly didn’t invite Jake Paul to UFC 261, but the YouTuber turned professional boxer turned up anyway.
Fresh after defeating former UFC fighter Ben Askren in a boxing match, Paul decided to gatecrash UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night.
When Daniel Cormier saw him, the former double champion made a beeline for Paul.
UFC cameras didn’t catch the altercation. This certainly did not feel like something that was set-up.
Cormier got right in Paul’s face and judging by this great fan footage, you can see that the 3-0 boxer certainly didn’t give it back.
On commentary, DC spoke of the incident, telling Joe Rogan: “I swear to god I just saw Jake Paul, I pointed at him and I said ‘don’t play with me,’ because I’ll smack him in the face. He’s right there. I don’t play those games, Joe.”
The reason Paul has drawn the ire of Cormier is because he called him out on social media following his win over Askren and even called him ‘fat boy’.
Cormier is not a man to be messed with. He’s a former light-heavyweight and heavyweight champion in UFC and markedly more dangerous than someone like Askren.
Still, Paul didn’t seem too flustered and the YouTuber will look at the night as a big success publicity-wise.
Paul shared footage of the confrontation with Cormier on his social media channels and mocked the 42-year-old’s reaction.
He had turned up to the event wearing a T-shirt with the message ‘Dana, where is my money?’ having claimed UFC president Dana White owes him $1m for claiming he would lose to Askren.
At several points on the card, the entire 15,000 in attendance at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena chanted ‘f*** Jake Paul’ to show what they thought of him.
Speaking after the event, UFC president White said he would never do business with Paul and the pay-per-view numbers they’ve touted – which Paul said were around 1.6 million – are not real.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This kid has done a good job of putting himself in a place to make some money, so good for him,” White started.
“He’s got you guys talking about him all the time, asking questions about him, Daniel Cormier running after him, so you got to do something right. He knocked out a former NBA guy who was 40 years old, 30lbs less than him and I don’t even know what to say about the [Ben] Askren thing.
“The whole thing is f****** mind boggling to me. Good for him, grab that money while you can kid.”
“The numbers are there? Nah, I don’t know if the numbers are there,” White said referring to what Paul drew versus Askren.
“Listen, do you know what would happen to this guy? He ain’t fighting in the UFC. He gets hand picked opponents and god knows what else is going on with that f****** thing – there is a market for that. That’s not what I do.
“People want to see that and that’s great, he’ll make a couple bucks before that ride is over. That’s not what I do. Tonight is what I do. The numbers that you’re hearing that they did are full of s***. They’re full of s***. Didn’t pull those kind of numbers – at all. Not even close.”