UFC president Dana White has refused to rule out the possibility of Jake Paul fighting inside the octagon – despite numerous taunts from the YouTuber.
Paul, 25, began teasing a transition to mixed martial arts ahead of his rematch with Tyron Woodley last December and later set his sights on a fight in the UFC cage.
White was previously quick to shut down the prospect of the problem kid setting foot inside the octagon – but has since performed a U-turn on a potentially lucrative fight.
During an appearance on The Pivot Podcast, White said: “At the end of the day, the kid wants to fight here.
“He doesn’t want to fight here because he doesn’t believe we’re paying guys. He wants to fight here because that’s where the money is, no matter what he says.
“I would never say never.”
White’s stance on celebrities fighting in the octagon changed after the promotion’s unsuccessful experiment with former WWE Superstar CM Punk.
But he’s apparently intrigued by the idea of younger brother Paul – who boasts a 5-0 professional boxing record – trying his hand at MMA at the world’s biggest fight promotion.
He said: “I don’t know, I mean, I watch it sometimes.
“And it’s kind of intriguing, but it’s kind of against what I do.
“I really bring the best of the best. I’ve tried to do a few of these celebrity things with WWE guys.
“Some worked. Some didn’t. But I wouldn’t say no. I did Mayweather-McGregor when I said I never would.”
White’s apparent U-turn on working with Paul comes after a barrage of abuse from the social media sensation and criticism of the UFC’s compensation structure.
Paul recently predicted that White would change his mind, telling Teddy Atlas, “I think it’s time and I’m proving myself more on the boxing side.
“And very soon on the UFC and MMA side, it’s going to be undeniable for me to step into the octagon, or fight for one of those other organizations against a big name.
“So I think it’s all about timing and Dana [White] seems to be open to it, right?
“He said on my brother’s podcast that he might let Logan fight in the UFC and I think he’s coming to me and starting to see who I am and what I really stand for.”
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