‘There Is Nothing Harder Than Boxing and Fighting’- Jake Paul Reveals the Reason Behind Being an Advocate for Fighter Pay

Published 08/25/2021, 1:21 AM EDT
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)


Ever since he started his career as a professional fighter, Jake Paul has been a staunch advocate for fighter pay. While his primary target for the same has been Dana White and the UFC, his goal is to increase fighter pay across both UFC and boxing. While many see this as a gimmick, ‘The Problem Child’ states that it is a genuine cause-one that he is extremely passionate about. 

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In a recent interview on Showtime, Paul shared his thoughts on why he is an advocate for fighter pay. He said, “Yeah, so, I think it comes from me seeing how hard this sport is. I played football, I wrestled, I have been an actor….. And there is nothing harder than boxing and fighting in general. And I see how much sacrifice you have to make. You’re literally in there taking shots to the head. I think fighters are just generally underpaid.”

‘The Problem Child’ continued, “Or in the case of the UFC, it is really a monopoly where Dana White controls these guy’s careers and can make whatever fights happen. And pay whoever he wants whatever they want, or pay them nothing…What is crazy about it is the UFC the fighters get paid only 10% of the total amount of the money that’s earned. Whereas in the NBA it’s 50%. The NFL it’s 50%. Meanwhile, you have Dana White going on Twitter talking about how he spent $7 million on a blackjack hand and lost it or whatever. Meanwhile, his fighters are starting go fund me pages. 
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Jake Paul continues his war of words with Dana White and the UFC 

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This weekend, Paul will take on his biggest test to date in Tyron Woodley. The fight will also be his debut on the Showtime network after signing a multi-fight deal with the broadcasting juggernaut. It is reported that Paul took a hit on his purse for the fight to ensure that every other fighter on the card gets compensated adequately.

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Therefore, Paul has proved that is not just talking about fighter pay to grab a few headlines and irk Dana White. Furthermore, on more than one occasion, Paul has helped out fighters in the UFC by making donations to their Gofund me pages. 

What do you make of Jake Paul being an advocate for fighter pay? Do you think it is an act? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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