In a recent appearance on the Tough Business Podcast, White went off on unnamed “media members” who say that UFC fighters are being underpaid. He called media members who talk about fighter pay “scumbags” who “literally know nothing about the business” and so on.
“You have these scumbags out there that know nothing about the business telling all the fighters ‘oh you’re all being underpaid. You’re not being paid enough money. You’re not this’ — it goes on every f—king day!” White said. “Every media member that talks about fighter pay is a scumbag who is basically just out there to get attention, because they literally know nothing about the business or the pay or how any of this shit works. It’s all part of the game. That’s who they are and that’s what they do, and I literally could give a f—k.”
Naturally, media members in particular didn’t take kindly to White’s criticism. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post pointed out that the UFC has a $1.5 billion deal with ESPN.
UFC has a 5-year deal with ESPN for $1.5B. https://t.co/HVflu7C3ES
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) September 8, 2021
Others have said that there is clear evidence that UFC fighters aren’t paid as big a portion of UFC’s revenue as other promotions are.
The records are public, Dana, we know they’re getting a smaller cut than other athletes
— Gmork99 (@gmork99) September 8, 2021
Some pointed out that fighters frequently point out how hard a time they have paying bills despite competing in UFC.
no dana the fact that the fighters are saying they have issues paying bills after being bludgeoned in the cage or they have to do boxing matches after a long career is proof enough
— S.K.N Black Star 🇰🇳 🇬🇦 🇦🇴 (@crystos) September 8, 2021
Fighters breaking down in tears of joy after getting a bonus tells you all you need to know about UFC pay. Could you imagine an NHL player winning the cup or an individual award and breaking down in tears because the league kicked them extra coin? Ffs
— hazy (@hazyoldbones) September 8, 2021
It’s a complicated subject, and one that Dana White has made his position on abundantly clear.
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