Oscar De La Hoya Says MMA Pay Structure Makes ‘Him Sick To His Stomach’ Reveals Potential Date Of Liddell Vs. Ortiz 3
For past many years, fighters pay has been increasingly discussed in UFC. Bunch of MMA fighters who are under UFC banner expresses their disdain and concerns over it.
A handful of top UFC fighters already making good money but what about the rest of the fighters on UFC roaster.
Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya who teased to getting into MMA as a promoter under his own company Golden Boy MMA recently said to Fight Hub TV, that he’s disgusted by MMA pay structure and plans on to change it. He invited all the disgruntled fighters who are unhappy with pay are most welcome to join him.
De La Hoya is expected to host its inaugural event later this year, which will be headlined by the trilogy bout between UFC legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. (Via MMAMania)
“We are looking at the weekend of November 25th, the Thanksgiving weekend. So yeah, we are going to do it big just like we do it. I am really looking forward to getting into the MMA world and making sure that these fighters are being compensated well. Look, we risk our lives up in the ring, so fighters should be compensated extremely well. The current structure is terrible. I have been talking to many, many fighters in MMA and it’s ridiculous what they get paid. It’s crazy, it makes me sick to my stomach. So I’m going to start Golden Boy MMA for a reason, and it’s going to start with Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, to pay them correctly. To pay them what they deserve.”
Former boxer didn’t reveal the pay of both fighters but said they would be well compensated.
Many sent some harsh criticism towards on the talks of a trilogy bout, which included UFC President Dana White, who said he would be happy to see his old friend get back into MMA business with De La Hoya but he doesn’t want to see his former Light Heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell, fighting again inside the cage.
Hoya said the trilogy would probably go down by November 24th as he has sent the application to California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) last month, so they can hold the event at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Both UFC legends Ortiz and Liddell faced off at UFC Hall of Fame red carpet ceremony last month: