September 27, 2022

UFC president Dana White has stated that he believes poor ticket gross sales is the true motive that Jake Paul vs Hasim Rahman Jr has been cancelled.

The YouTuber-turned-boxer and the son of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman Sr have been because of meet on August 6, nevertheless it’s now been introduced that the struggle has been cancelled because of a weight dispute.

Jake and Rahman Jr have exchanged phrases on social media over the cancellation

A press release’s from Jake’s Most Invaluable Promotions learn: “On July 5, Hasim Rahman Jr signed a bout settlement to struggle Jake Paul at a most weight of 200lbs.

“On the time of signing Rahman supplied proof of his weight to offer consolation to Most Invaluable Promotions and the New York State Athletic Fee that he wouldn’t be shedding greater than 10 per cent of his weight over the 4 weeks main as much as the struggle. 

“Since weighing in at 216lb on July 7, Rahman and his camp have provided assurance after assurance publicly and privately that he was on observe to make weight on the weigh-in on August 5, going so far as to offer a letter signed by a recognised nutritionist that his weight minimize was progressing with out concern per New York State Athletic Fee’s required weekly weight checks.

“Within the final 48 hours, it has develop into clear that these assurances weren’t made in good religion. 

“On Friday, Rahman submitted a weight test to the New York State Athletic Fee that demonstrated he had misplaced lower than one pound since initially signing to take the struggle 24 days prior.

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“This prompted the Fee to declare that it might not sanction the struggle at lower than 205lb.

Dana was asked about the cancellation at his press conference on Saturday night

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Dana was requested in regards to the cancellation at his press convention on Saturday night time

“Nonetheless, Jake Paul was ready to maneuver ahead with the struggle at this new weight and a brand new contract was despatched to Rahman’s promoter reflecting a 205lb. restrict, imposing strict penalties ought to he fail to make weight.

“Upon receiving this new contract Saturday morning, Rahman’s camp indicated for the very first time that he deliberate to weigh 215lb on the official weigh-in and wouldn’t comply with weigh in at 205lb and informing Most Invaluable Promotions that they’re pulling out of the struggle until the struggle was agreed to at 215lb.

“MVP and Jake Paul won’t reward somebody that has carried out themselves in such a deceiving and calculated method. Subsequently, MVP is left with no selection however to cancel the August 6 occasion.”

Jake Paul is 5-0 (4 KOs) as a pro boxer

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Jake Paul is 5-0 (4 KOs) as a professional boxer

The co-founder of Jake’s Most Invaluable Promotions is former UFC CFO (chief monetary officer) Nakisa Bidarian.

Giving his response to the struggle cancellation, Dana took some thinly vailed swipes at Bidarian.

“I’m not gonna sit up right here and be completely happy or gloat that their struggle fell out,” he stated on the post-fight press convention after UFC 277.

“Each these guys I’m positive put in plenty of arduous work and plenty of coaching to prepare for this struggle, spent cash to prepare for this struggle.

“However I’ll say this – simply since you have been an accountant right here, doesn’t imply you recognize what the f*** goes on right here and doesn’t imply you can run a struggle promotion firm.

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Dana and Jake have exchanged words in the past

Dana and Jake have exchanged phrases previously

“I feel that Jake Paul in all probability must get some totally different folks round him.

“If he’s gonna keep within the sport, he must be with guys that really actually know the way to placed on fights.”

Requested for this verdict on the burden dispute, Dana added: “I feel they bought below $1million in tickets and it prices $500,000 to show the f***ing lights on at MSG.

“That’s what I feel.”

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