With news that WWE and UFC are merging into a new corporation, UFC President Dana White has found himself intertwined with the world of professional wrestling, and he has high praise for one star in particular.
Speaking in a new interview with TMZ Sports, White spoke about his admiration for celebrity boxer-turned-wrestler Logan Paul, saying that WWE hit a “home run” by signing him.
“I don’t know jack sh*t about wrestling, but let’s tell you what I do know. They hit a f***ing home run with that guy, an absolute home run,” White said. “He is incredibly talented. He’s an amazing athlete. And yes, I was blown away by watching him. So obviously, if you have a scenario where somebody is that good and could go over to the WWE it’s going to happen.” (h/t WrestlingInc)
Logan Paul’s most recent outing was at WrestleMania 39, where he took on Seth Rollins on the Grandest Stage of Them All. He made his entrance for the match on a zipline that he joked he got for his birthday as the bout took place on the day he turned 28. He was accompanied by a PRIME energy drink mascot who was later revealed to be his friend and business partner KSI.
Despite having KSI in his corner, Seth Rollins was victorious in the end, handing Paul his second defeat in WWE. Following the bout, Paul announced that his contract had come to an end, but days later, announced that he’d signed a new deal with the sports entertainment giant. News of his re-signing made waves online when fans noticed that the image he used to announce the signing appeared to be photoshopped.
Dana White Believes Endeavor Will Take WWE To New Heights
Speaking on The Pat McAfee Show following news of WWE’s merger with UFC, Dana White explained that the merger won’t affect day-to-day operations but will undoubtedly have a positive effect from a business perspective.
“How this is going to affect our company, it won’t at all, we’re going to keep doing what we do. How it affects WWE is I think there is a lot of value that Ari can add on the business side whether it’s licensing, sponsorship, and the list goes on and on, he’ll help grow those different areas of their business. They’re valued at $9 billion, watch and see what they are in five years.
“We always knew there was room for growth and what we wanted to do, and the Fertittas were really good about this, just like Bob Meyrowitz who sold it to us, Bob Meyrowitz felt like we were guys that could take it to another level and the same thing happened when we sold to Ari. You want to sell to a guy who can help grow the business and take it to another level and that’s exactly what Vince has done too.” (h/t F4WOnline)