UFC president Dana White isn’t that bad in compensating fighters if they forced off the card due to the incident or due to the weight cut debacle.
So it’s pretty apparent that Brian Ortega would be compensated after his featherweight title against Max Holloway canceled after Hawaiian pulled out due to concussion-like symptoms or water poisoning.
However, that’s not the case with Ortega, who open ups the details on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, saying White denied to offer him the purse after fulfilling his responsibilities at UFc 226. (Via MMAMania)
“We had our talk. We agreed to disagree pretty much, I told him if I was going to be compensated for anything, you know, if I would get anything. I told him I showed up, I did everything, my weight was good, did the open workouts, the media and he said, ‘No,’” explained Ortega.
Ortega continues that his first meeting with White was right after Daniel Cormier suffered a nasty fall at UFC 226 pre-fight press conference, which may have something to do with his bad mood.
‘T-City’ said he had another meeting with White a day later, and he was pissed at me, after rejecting to meet Jeremy Stephens on short notice.
“So that was that. I was pretty bummed out, heartbroken. After that, we had another meeting yesterday. We talked and he said he was just pissed off. He then said we’d talk again this week and figure things out. So right now, I don’t know what ‘figure things out’ means,” he added.
Ortega revealed he has not been paid anything yet and the third meeting with White has yet to go down.
Not long ago, Dana White rants about ‘picky’ fighters, accept the fights you’re given or you may not have a home in the UFC anymore. Ortega needs to watch out.
145 pounds contender recently said he’s willing to fight at UFC 227 card and only for the title.