“Everybody Is Making Money”- Dana White Asks Experts to ‘Trust’ Him on Fighter Pay Issue

Published 01/03/2022, 7:00 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SEPTEMBER 8, 2019: Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, at a news conference following a title unification bout between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier at the UFC 242 mixed martial arts tournament. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


UFC President Dana White is currently locked up in a heated back and forth with YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul. The central issue of significance seems to be the pay that the UFC, or more specifically Dana White, allots to their fighters.

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However, the head honcho of the premier promotion has again denied rumors about their practices and affirmed that fighter pay has only gone up.

In an interview with Las Vegas Review-Journal at the UFC headquarters, White insisted that everyone in the UFC is making money and it has only gone up since 2016. White also reminded everyone how they didn’t fire any of their employees during the pandemic and stood with their fighters. Notably, the UFC President also revealed that the organization shares PPV money with the champions.

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“Fighter pay is why I usually don’t beat my chest and talk about how great we’re doing,” White stated.

“It has gone up by a massive amount since 2016. All the champions share in PPV money, and we’re setting records there. Trust me, everybody is making money. We worked through the pandemic and kept all of our employees and kept the fighters working. Fighter pay has continually gone up.”

These answers to the fighter pay queries come at the time when ‘The Problem Child’ has fenced White over UFC’s treatment towards their fighters. Notably, the social media star also issued a challenge to the UFC president.

Jake Paul challenges Dana White

In the past few days, Jake Paul has put Dana White on his crosshair and takes shots at the UFC boss whenever he gets a chance. Their feud picked up pace after Jake Paul knocked out former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.

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Since then, Paul has sent a flurry of insults towards the UFC honcho and also issued a challenge for him. Meanwhile, the challenge includes increasing fighter pay to a minimum of $50k, providing long-term health insurance to the fighters, and a share of annual revenue for its prospects.

However, the YouTuber didn’t stop there and ranted at White for not responding to his challenges specifically.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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