Jake Paul seems to be trying to win over UFC fighters as he clashes with Dana White over multiple subjects. Recently, he has been advocating for better pay and healthcare for the fighters. Anthony Smith seems to believe it's genuine.
Many people appear to be divided on the subject. Does he really want to help UFC fighters or is he simply trying to gain attention? Anthony Smith believes it comes from a good place.
“I think he’s being honest,” Anthony Smith said Sirius XM’s Fight Nation. “I think he actually does care. Here’s the deal, we’ve had these movements where people talk about fighter pay and blah, blah, blah – it’s always people that it benefits, and I’m not meaning just fighters. In the history of the sport we’ve had people come from the outside and they want to seem like they’re some savior and they’re gonna come in and they’re gonna save us and help us, but at the end of the day, every single one of those guys has had their own endgame. Jake Paul has nothing to gain here, so I think do believe it, it does sound genuine, because it’s a pain in the ass. It’s hard to do and he’s still attacking it. He’s continually bringing it up for months and months and he’s not letting it go.”
Anthony Smith points to Jake Paul's fight with Tyron Woodley. He believes it shows that he truly wants to help athletes get a better paycheck.
“I think when you reach a certain level of success yourself – Jake Paul has more money than he’ll ever need,” Smith said. “He’s got more opportunity. He’s got his YouTube channel, he’s got this boxing thing, he can continue to just fight bums and make fat checks and leave everyone else alone and not ruffle any feathers and just do his own thing but I think he actually cares, and he’s shown that.
“Even when he fought Tyron (Woodley) the first time and gave Tyron that little bump in pay. He took some of his money and gave it back to the other fighters so those guys got paid. The easiest way to see if someone’s being true an honest is are they willing to put their money where their mouth is, and he’s already pulled money out of his own pocket and given it to other people. He’s done the same thing with Amanda Serrano. … He seems to be very genuine and I think he’s just taking it on because he’s good and you do see people, extremely wealthy people that do that. They don’t have a whole lot of problems in their life, they’ve got it all figured out, they’ve got the money, the opportunities, the riches, the fame, the cars, the watches. Like, what else does Jake Paul have to do other than take on some seemingly impossible task? And he’s getting a lot of media in the process.”
Only time will tell what Jake Paul's true intentions are. Anthony Smith does make some interesting points in regards to what he has done to help fighters.