‘As Long As it Gets Done’- UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture Echoes Jake Paul’s Voice on Fighter’s Pay

Published 06/25/2021, 12:40 PM EDT

In recent months, the UFC fighter’s pay dispute or for that matter MMA fighter’s pay dispute as a whole has taken a sharp upward turn.


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Never would have any fighter thought that a YouTuber, like Jake Paul, would become a flag bearer of the unorganized movement. But for a certain Randy Couture, it’s fine till it works.

Right now, nobody knows how much the YouTuber turned boxer really thinks about the fighter’s wellbeing, but he surely is pumping his voice to be heard by every section of MMA locality.


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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images for Triller)

The famed YouTuber, in a recent interview, had lashed out at UFC President Dana White for giving fighters much less than they deserve.

He had said, “It’s unfair. The UFC fighters don’t have fair pay. Out of all the sports, the percentages that the owners get versus the athletes, they’re the lowest.

“These fighters are risking their lives – you can quite literally die in the ring – and they need to be compensated more. I’m a big proponent of that movement and being in control.”

While it is strange that it’s coming from Jake, Couture believes it doesn’t matter from wherever it comes, but works. In a recent interview, the UFC Hall of Famer showed his astonishment at Jake being the pitched voice.

“Why is Jake Paul the one to step up and poke Dana and shine a light on what’s going on and the difference between our sports?” he asked.

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Randy Couture wants transparency in the sport

Couture (19-11) has himself long been a proponent for an increase in fighters’ pay. The UFC former dual division champion called for more transparency in the MMA world.

“If it takes Jake Paul to run his mouth and get that done, then great. As long as it gets done,” he said. “It just seems kind of crazy to me that it’s coming from there and we as athletes in mixed martial arts can’t come together and can’t hold these promoters to a higher standard and create the transparency that we need in the sport.”


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Well, the pay dispute has certainly caught fire in recent times. Many former as well as active fighters, such as Jon Jones in particular, have raised their voice. It remains to be seen, what more transpires in this saga.

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