The year 2022 may be one of the most active when it comes to UFC calls for underpayment of fighters. Constantly one of the fighters comes forward, and there is also Jake Paul as a regular critic of Dana White and his promotion.
It's a little unfortunate that fighters at such a high level sometimes fight on contracts that guarantee them $12,000 in fees and more if they win. When taxes and all preparation and living expenses are deducted, fighters with such contracts are often actually in the red.
The champions of various weight categories also complain about being underpaid, because while they watch boxing champions earn huge millions, they fight for basic fees of 500 thousand dollars or less. Despite all the criticism, Dana White stands by his position that they are doing a good job and that there is no better way.
"Go start your own MMA organization"
“If you look at what we’ve done with the business in the last 22 years, incredible, never been done ever. You always have to have something to bi-ch about, I guess and fighters always want to make more money,” White said.
Boxing is absolutely been destroyed because of money and all the things that go on. It’s never gonna happen while I’m here. Believe me, these guys get paid what they’re supposed to get paid. They eat what they kill, they get a percentage of the Pay Per View buys, and the money is spread out amongst all the fighters if you don’t like it, there’s a simple solution to this problem.
Go start your own MMA organization, knock yourself out, pay them whatever you want to pay them. It’s been done before how’s it worked out for other guys? Not well”. said White in a guest appearance on GQ Sports.
“You’re bitching about fighters not making enough money,” White said. “They get a piece of the pay-per-view. People who steal it are stealing from us and them and what happens to people who steal? You get fu–ing smashed and you go to jail.
That’s what happens to you and I make sure that we get you. Everybody was fu–ing laughing at me when I was talking about this. We caught a lot of people. People weren’t laughing when they got caught, and a lot of people were begging me not to prosecute them.
Stealing is stealing”. he added. It seems that the UFC president is fed up with such accusations. While there is no doubt that UFC fighters are underpaid, White is right in a way.