UFC veteran and commentator Daniel Cormier got into a heated exchange with YouTube star Jake Paul at UFC 261 in Jacksonville.
Cormier and Paul were right in each other's faces between bouts, with Cormier warning Paul not to 'play' after Paul said he would 'kill' Cormier in a fight.
“I swear to god I just saw Jake Paul, I pointed at him and I said, ‘Don’t play with me,’ because I’ll smack him in the face," Cormier said after the fights. "He’s right there. I don’t play those games."
Cormier has had his back put up by Paul before.
Daniel Cormier & Jake Paul
"I mean the way this dude talked to [Tyron Woodley] makes my skin crawl. All these kids are going to get taught a lesson I swear," Cormier wrote on Twitter.
"But my immediate reaction was, 'I can't stand this kid.' So it works! I can't stand this kid! But who punches down? You don’t punch down to somebody.
"I'm the guy that's in the Hall of Fame. I'm the guy that won two world championships at the same time. I am not gonna punch down to some kid that's on YouTube that's, like, 'Fight me!' Like, why? What have you done to earn the right to fight me?
"So, no, it's silly and stupid. But I would like him to fight Tyron. I would like to see him fight somebody more real. Don't fight Ben Askren at 190, bloated.
"Fight a middleweight. Fight Luke Rockhold! Let me see you fight Luke Rockhold or somebody like that. And then I will not only say that you have base skills, but I will also say you're a real fighter. Because right now it's all pretend. It's all pretend."
Proving himself an expert in self-promotion, Paul turned up to the event looking for money promised to him by Dana White.
"This kid has done a good job of putting himself in a place to make some money. Good for him, he's got guys talking about him all the time and Daniel Cormier running after him so he's doing something right."