Dana White and the UFC are dealing with a lot of heat these days over the issue of fighter compensation. Several MMA fighters raised their voices, saying they were severely underpaid compared to athletes in other sports. However, there was a time when White said UFC fighters made as much money as athletes in other sports leagues.
In 2011, the 52-year-old spoke about the various bonuses that were granted to fighters during UFC events:
“There are bonuses built into the fights for ‘Best Fight of the Night’, ‘Knockout of the Night’…Trust me when I tell you, these guys are making a lot of money. And we’re tied with all the other sports leagues out there.”
Watch the 2011 clip of Dana White talking about fighters’ pay below:
UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is also at odds with the UFC over the terms of his fight contract. Ngannou wants a better deal that will also allow him to compete in boxing outside of the promotion.
YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul extended his support for “The Predator” by uploading a message to Twitter.
“Francis Ngannou deserves so much better than the lies and disrespect Dana White has shown him and his manager. It’s time for everyone to say F*** Dana White and support the men and women who put their body at risk to make it fat and rich.”
Dana White explains why he didn’t belt Francis Ngannou at UFC 270
Francis Ngannou successfully defended his heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. After Ngannou raised his hand, it was Mick Maynard, not Dana White, who handed the belt to the champion. White’s absence at this time became the subject of interest and speculation.
During a recent Q&A with Laura Sanko, the UFC president revealed why he wasn’t in the octagon when Ngannou was declared the winner at UFC 270:
“I actually walked out of the arena right after the co-main event because there were things going on that I was taking care of. For anyone to think I was showing Francis disrespect, I Seen Francis all week, you idiots. I shook his hand. I said hello. I was there for the stares, all that.
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