UFC president Dana White has by no means been one to carry his tongue.
Following the UFC 267 ceremonial weigh-ins, White spoke to the media in attendance and had a number of alternative phrases for Jake Paul, who took photographs at boxing champion and MMA fighter Claressa Shields.
At 2021 PFL Championship on Wednesday, Shields suffered her first skilled MMA loss, and Paul rapidly jumped on social media to throw a number of insults in her path whereas praising the efforts of her opponent Abigail Montes. White, who has immense respect for Shields and her fight sports activities profession, took exception to somebody questioning her journey.
“So Jake Paul calls Claressa Shields a loser?” White began in an interview with MMA Fighting. “Claressa Shields is nothing but a winner, who actually fought real people in her weight class, in her own age, in her own sport, and then goes over to MMA and tries to win a world title. That’s not a loser. That’s a winner.”
Shields, a three-division boxing world champion and Olympic gold medalist, just lately made the choice to compete in MMA and boxing concurrently. She competed in her first skilled MMA bout in June beneath the PFL banner, defeating Brittney Elkin through TKO within the third spherical. Despite a cut up determination loss within the cage this week, she is going to step again into the boxing ring in December.
Paul has competed in 4 skilled boxing matches, defeating YouTuber Ali Eson Gib, former NBA star Nate Robinson, now-retired MMA fighter Ben Askren, and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. While Paul’s fights have been extra concerning the spectacle than proving he’s an elite-level boxer, White wonders when that swap will occur.
“When are you gonna begin preventing somebody your individual f*ckin’ age, your individual weight, that truly fights in your individual f*ckin’ sport that you simply’re claiming you’re in? Shut the f*ck up, you goofball. For you to name Claressa Shields a loser is f*cking unbelievable.
“I hope she knocks him out. I hope he runs into her somewhere and she knocks him the f*ck out.”