Jake Paul has not been well received by the MMA community after knocking out Ben Askren in a boxing match last week.
The YouTuber turned professional boxer turned up at UFC 261 despite all the bad blood he has with UFC president Dana White.
White said he would lay down $1 million that Askren would defeat Paul, but of course he would be proved wrong. White says he didn’t end up making any bets but Paul and Snoop Dogg have both requested he pay them nonetheless.
The sellout crowd at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida let Paul know exactly how they felt about him as he made his way to his seat at the end of the prelims.
The arena’s chant flooded UFC’s commentary and Joe Rogan acknowledged it.
“I found out what the chant was, it was “F Jake Paul.” That’s what they were all yelling out,” Rogan said.
Former double champion Daniel Cormier quickly interjected: “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.”
Paul had the audacity to challenge Cormier and call him ‘fat boy’ after he defeated Askren last weekend.
Cormier has said he wouldn’t fight Paul because he wouldn’t lower himself to it, but he maintains he would ‘kill him’ and he told Paul the same at UFC 261.
“This dude would never fight me,” Cormier told ESPN (transcription via Bad Left Hook). “I would kill him. Why would I ever fight someone like that?
“But my immediate reaction was, ‘I can’t stand this kid.’ So it works! I can’t stand this kid! But who punches down? You don’t punch down to somebody. I’m the guy that’s in the Hall of Fame. I’m the guy that won two world championships at the same time.
“I’m not gonna punch down to some kid that’s on YouTube that’s, like, ‘Fight me!’ Like, why? What have you done to earn the right to fight me?
“So, no, it’s silly and stupid. But I would like him to fight Tyron. I would like to see him fight somebody more real. Don’t fight Ben Askren at 190, bloated,” Cormier said.