Dana White Hits Back at Francis Ngannou for Recent Pay Comments

Published 06/09/2021, 8:21 AM EDT
CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: UFC President Dana White looks on during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Even if the fight between Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather wasn’t one of the best displays of boxing, it revealed something else. The financial potential that the fight game has. Both the parties did not leave any stone unturned in promoting the event. Floyd Mayweather estimated he would likely make around $100 million from the Logan Paul fight. Jake Paul, Logan Paul’s younger brother, made about $75 million in his fight against Ben Askren.

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The Paul brothers’ prizefighting venture opens up many questions for fighters who have invested their lives in the sport. Many fighters question what they might have done wrong because they are nowhere near making that much. The UFC’s heavyweight champion was one such fighter.

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Ngannou’s question was directed towards the UFC’s financial machinery. In recent times, the issue of pay has been raised and discussed many times by UFC fighters. As the popularity of MMA grows, the fighters who are the ones churning out the content would definitely want their fair share.

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Dana White easily quashed Ngannou’s question. He responded to Ngannou’s tweet without addressing him directly. “This YouTube kid fights, and they all start going crazy.‘What am I doing wrong?’ Well, you should’ve started a YouTube channel when you were 12 years old and you’d be YouTube famous right now and you could be boxing Floyd Mayweather, I guess. That’s the answer,” he said.

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White’s stance on the issue has been consistent even when the criticism of the UFC supremo has varied over the past months. Jake Paul, who is calling out UFC fighters online, also took their side, questioning White over UFC’s business.

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Paul’s remarks have substance behind them. White, however, claims that fighters signed with the organization are well-taken care of.

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The pay issue in the UFC needs to be investigated further in order to bring out concrete information. Tons of claims and counterclaims continuously surface on the internet. Jon Jones‘s staunch stance in not competing until they do not resolve the issue is a sign that the problems exist.

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Akshit Pushkarna

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Akshit Pushkarna, who has a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication, is an MMA writer for EssentiallySports. Before his current role, Akshit worked on the Urban Development beat at the Urban Update magazine. However, combat sports always called out to Akshit, who pursued both boxing and wrestling at a regional level before shifting his focus to MMA journalism.

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