Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White made headlines earlier this week when he said YouTube celebrity Logan Paul would get “murdered” if he competed inside the Octagon.
This comes after Paul pulled in 800,000 pay-per-view (PPV) buys — at $10 a pop — for his boxing fight with British star KSI last month. The two inexperienced fighters ultimately fought to a draw, but the massive number of viewers raised many eyebrows around the combat community.
Some may have thought Paul had a potential future in UFC considering the promotion’s willingness to allow former WWE superstar Phil “CM Punk” Brooks to fight twice in the name of the dollar bill. That potential came to a crashing halt earlier this week when White said he’d be arrested if he let Paul fight in UFC.
Now, Paul is firing back. The YouTube sensation recently took to Twitter (where he has nearly five millions followers) to challenge White’s perspective and make a case that he does in fact deserve a shot in the big show.
damn. you’re thinking real simple D.— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) September 21, 2018
“he would get hurt badly”
you let CM fight. stop acting like you do it for the sport. paycheck = fight. you have no idea what I’m capable of. https://t.co/LzKi4tJi6f
While CM Punk ultimately took two years to prepare for his UFC debut and did so by training alongside respected MMA coach Duke Roufus, Paul does have a point. Punk had zero professional fighting experience and produced two equally disappointing duds opposite Mickey Gall and Mike Jackson.
It’s unlikely that UFC will be looking to fill the PPV airwaves with celebrity talent during a time when Conor McGregor, Jon Jones, and Brock Lesnar are all returning to the fold, but you never really know how these things will shake out.
If enough people express their interest and Paul sells UFC on his abilities inside of the cage, maybe, just maybe, the YouTube star can make his official crossover.