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Jake Paul invests in Endeavor, aiming to increase UFC fighter pay

Paul previously offered to retire from boxing and compete in the UFC if the promotion raised fighter pay and provided long-term healthcareGETTY IMAGES

Boxer and YouTube personality Jake Paul has invested in the UFC's parent company, Endeavor, "with the intent" of raising UFC fighter pay, according to Jed Meshew of MMA FIGHTING. At the start of '22, Paul and UFC President Dana White "got into a heated back-and-forth over social media, with Paul offering to retire from boxing and compete in the UFC if White raised fighter pay and provided long-term healthcare." White did "not take the bait." And so, having "made no discernible headway in this battle, Paul is now attacking the problem" from a new angle. Paul’s partner, Geoffrey Woo, went into detail about "how they plan to bring about the changes that Paul has championed, saying they hope to use their ownership stake to convince fellow shareholders and management to 'do the right thing.'” It is "unclear at this time how much Paul has invested in this venture or what the likelihood of success will be in raising fighter pay and providing healthcare to UFC fighters" (MMAFIGHTING.com, 1/25). Endeavor stock began trading at $24 per share last April and currently sits at just under $30 per share (SBJ).

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