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“They’re Making $3 Billion”- Over $37,500 Difference in UFC Fighter’s Pay, Dana White Blasted by Jake Paul for Business Tactics

Published 08/17/2023, 2:55 AM EDT

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Dana White may have a great relationship with Logan Paul, but not with his brother, Jake Paul. ‘The Problem Child’ has been beefing with the UFC president over the issue of fighter pay for months now. In a recent appearance on ‘Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson’, Paul criticized White’s business tactics when it came to smaller fighters in the UFC.

The beef between the YouTuber-turned-boxer and the 54-year-old promoter has been highly publicized in the media. The 26-year-old has previously criticized White and campaigned for fighters to receive a larger share of the revenue. However, his recent comments indicate a more refined viewpoint.

Jake Paul slams Dana White for unfair minimum pay

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We all know that the fighters who draw big in the UFC receive a good amount of money. However, Jake Paul claims that the smaller fighters are the ones who receive the short end of the stick. He stated that these fighters receive the minimum pay of $12,500, but believes that the promotion should attempt to make that at least $50,000. He said, “The fighter minimum in the UFC is $12,500. It should be at least $50,000.”

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‘The Problem Child’ mentioned that the amount of money he suggests that the UFC should pay would make a significant difference. Some fighters are working other jobs, and the pay increase would let them focus more on fighting. Similarly, the pay increase would also help them afford the gym fees and proper nutrition. “If they made it $50,000, that would change the smaller fighters’ lives in a big way,” said Paul.

The 26-year-old did not stop there. He himself laid down some numbers to prove the multi-billion dollar promotion could actually afford to raise the base pay for lower-tier athletes.

Raising fighter pay minimum- Small cost for UFC

Jake Paul gave an assessment regarding the increase in the minimum pay for UFC fighters. He stated, “If they change the fighter minimum to $50,000 per fight, it would only cost the UFC $20 million dollars per year.”

While mentioning how the pay increase would help the smaller fighters, he stated that it is a small price to pay for the UFC, considering that they are earning billions of dollars in revenue every year. “That $20 million would be going into the smaller fighters’ pockets and it’s a world of a difference. Meanwhile, they’re making $3 billion dollars,” said the Youtuber-turned-boxer.

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During the podcast, Jake Paul dispelled the notion that he harbors ill will toward Dana White. He clarified that his opposition is not rooted in hatred but a desire to see improvements for the fighters who risk their lives when they enter the Octagon.

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Himanga Mahanta is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He has a passion for combat sports and a deep understanding of the intricacies of MMA. With his expertise and extensive knowledge, Himanga provides in-depth coverage of UFC events and fighters, bringing his readers closer to the action and the athletes they admire.
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