Amidst the ongoing row between the UFC chief Dana White and Jake Paul, former UFC champion Robert Whittaker has defended the pro boxer’s comment over increased pay and improved healthcare to his staff.
Earlier last year, the social media star was called out by Whittaker in his post-fight press conference after his victory over Kelvin Gastelum. Jake Paul had earlier delivered a TKO within a minute and 59 seconds of the first round to UFC veteran and mixed martial artist Ben Askren.
When asked for his opinion on the much-hyped fight which had a premature end, Whittaker offered to take on the boxer for lesser pay.
Dana White and Jake Paul Feud
“Guess nobody saw that coming, but Askren is not known for his boxing, is he? You know, good on him, good on him. He’s doing his thing, yeah, he’s doing his thing. Good on him. I’d fight him for less [than half a million dollars].”-Whittaker said.
Jake Paul recently promised to retire from boxing to fight in the UFC if Dana White meets his demands. A proposition that includes an increase in fighters’ pay in the promotion, guarantees them 50 percent of revenue and provides healthcare in the future.
White shrugged off the boxer’s claim and was quick to defend himself, accusing Paul of being a drug cheat. “You publicly stated that I use cocaine. I do not,” White said in the video posted on social media. “So I told you [that] you could randomly cocaine test me for the next ten years.” “I believe that you’re a cheater, and I believe that you use steroids, so I want to randomly steroids test you for the next two years.”
White also went ahead to claim the boxer’s new year post was unreal and believed it was engineered. “That thing that you came out with… nobody on Earth thinks that you really wrote that. You’re too stupid.”- White said.
Robert Whittaker Says His Thoughts
As the quarrel between Dana White and Jake Paul intensifies, the former UFC champion took a stand in favor of the boxer’s request.
“It’s hard to say, all the chips are in the company’s playing field. I would certainly love some healthcare.” “I would love that long-term post-fighting career security and I’m sure every fighter would. I would like different things to change.”
“But I’m not crying over spilled milk, it is what it is. I’m very blessed to be able to do what I do for a living anyway. Instead of asking for what I don’t have, I’m grateful for what I do have.”
Robert Whittaker also believes that these are public stunts on the part of both professionals and focuses instead on his return to the Octagon. Having lost his title in February 2019, “The Reaper” is set to return to the Octagon in a bid to reclaim the title from Isreal Adesanya in February.
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