Jake Paul’s new opponent Hasim Rahman Jr has vowed to slap UFC President Dana White “in the mouth” after his comments about the Baltimore boxer. Rahman Jr has been brought in to replace Tommy Fury on August 6 after the Brit was denied entry to the United States.
Paul’s choice of opponent puzzled White, who told assembled media at a recent press conference that he should have picked James McKenzie Morrison instead, who stopped Rahman Jr in his last bout. Taking exception to White’s comments, the son of former world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman fired back at the MMA promoter and claimed he would beat any of the UFC’s roster in a boxing match.
“First of all I wasn’t knocked out, I was stopped,” Rahman Jr told DAZN Boxing when responding to White’s criticism. “I got stopped and Dana White could put anyone in there with me, Francis Ngannou and if you put them in there with me, I will destroy them. He knows that and he is not going to put any of his fighters in there, so I won’t put much weight on what he says. I’d even get in the cage with these guys too.
“He doesn’t want his fighters taking on boxers anyway. However, Dana White wants to do it we can do it. He doesn’t even know me, and he is speaking on me, but Dana White will get slapped in his mouth if he comes and talks crazy to me.
Paul makes his sixth outing in the paid ranks at Madison Square Garden next month. The YouTuber has five wins from his five fights having beaten former UFC star Ben Askren, NBA player Nate Robinson, fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley twice.