Dana White took some time to discuss fighter pay and the way he’s portrayed by the media.
White has done a phenomenal job building the UFC and making MMA mainstream. With that said, there’s still room to improve regarding fighter pay, with the media and fans frequently speaking out. During an interview on Bussin’ With The Boys, the UFC president had this to say about fighters that want more money:
“It’s human nature. Everybody wants more money and I don’t feed into the bullsh*t… It’s all this narrative that I don’t pay into. The guys who fight here know that they’ve been taken care of. It’s one of these systems where the guys who actually bring all the value are the ones who make all the money.”
There are plenty of stories about UFC fighters being given extra money outside of their contracts and performance bonuses. White discussed these types of incentives by saying:
“All of these guys that I do deals with, they sign contracts, and this is a fact, not only do I pay them what they are contracted to make, I actually pay them more than they are contracted to make… Everybody on the card makes more money than they were actually contracted to make, that’s a fact…”
Watch Dana White on Bussin’ With The Boys below:
Dana White calls out the MMA media for questioning UFC fighter pay
Dana White has an ongoing rivalry with the MMA media. The 53-year-old has been ridiculed about various topics, including his early pandemic decisions, the Power Slap League, UFC fighter pay, and more. During the same interview on Bussin’ With The Boys, White had this to say about MMA media:
“Now if we were talking to mainstream media guys, I wouldn’t have said one f*cking word of what I just said to you guys here today. I don’t play these little f*cking p*ssy games that they try to play with me, and that’s what drives them crazy. They can write all the negative stories they want… It’s all bullsh*t at the end of the day. At the end of the day, this is my company, who the f*ck are you to tell me how to pay my people, and if you don’t like it, there’s no barrier to entry, go start your own MMA organization and pay them whatever you want…”
After emerging from the pandemic as a hero, White released a video calling out media members who questioned his decisions. The UFC president recently announced that he plans to do the same for those that have given him backlash for the Power Slap League. Needless to say, the rivalry between the 53-year-old and the MMA media doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon.
Dana White tells Robbie Fox he is working on a new piece about the media.
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