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Logan Paul to Dana White: ‘Stop acting like you do it for the sport’

Dana White will answer questions from the media at the UFC 192 post-fight press conference Saturday night.
Dana White will answer questions from the media at the UFC 192 post-fight press conference Saturday night.
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Dana White has admitted he has no desire to do business with Logan Paul, but Paul believes the UFC President shouldn’t count him out just yet.

Earlier this week, White shot down the notion of the YouTube personality donning a pair of four-ounce gloves and making the walk to the UFC Octagon.

“That guy would get murdered here,” said White. “He would get hurt badly. If I ever let him fight in the UFC, I should be arrested.”

Almost immediately, Paul took to Twitter to clap back at the perceived double-standard on display by the UFC’c head honcho.

As Paul pointed out, White famously granted former WWE Superstar Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, who had zero experience in MMA, a UFC contract in 2014. Brooks would later fall to Mickey Gall and Mike Jackson in less than stellar fashion.

However, White was quick to shoot down the comparisons between the Paul and Brooks.

“I know everyone is going to say, ‘You let CM Punk fight in the UFC,’” said White. “CM Punk is one of the greatest guys you could ever meet. He’s a super good guy, he’s very passionate about the sport, and he put his reputation and everything on the line to come fight here, and I respect him for it. Obviously it didn’t work out for him, but he’s got a lot of heart and a lot of balls to do that.”

Paul previously took part in a highly marketed celebrity boxing match gloves against fellow internet star KSI in August. While the two fought to a draw, much to the chagrin of both parties, their massive following drew a reported 784,000 pay-per-view buys.

“Look, I have no hate for [Paul],” said White. “Look at the business that guy has built on YouTube and the number of pay-per-views they did on YouTube. They did 800,000 [buys] at 10 bucks for two guys that fight fans have never heard of.

“So he’s built a great business for himself and good for him. But trust me, don’t play around over here. You will get hurt.”

Paul and KSI are now expected to settle the score in a rematch, this time on U.S. soil.

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