“Fighters Are Itching and Clawing to Make Ends Meet”- Jake Paul Extends His Support to Tony Ferguson Amidst Dana White ’Drug Dealer’ Claims

Published 05/05/2022, 2:42 AM EDT

Fighter’s pay has always been an issue in Mixed Martial Arts. Many fans and fighters in recent times have raised concerns and been vocal about it. UFC President Dana White has received a lot of criticism because of this. One fighter, who has been constantly attacking Dana White over the issue, is YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul. In a recent post shared by ‘The Problem Child’, he extended support towards Tony Ferguson and attacked the UFC President.

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Paul shared the video on Twitter, saying, “Don’t listen to me, listen to a UFC fighter, @tonyfergusonXT, who has the courage to speak up. Dana White is a billionaire while fighters are itching and clawing to make ends meet. “Dana White the drug dealer.” 

In the video shared by the 5-0 boxer, ‘El Cucuy’ made his thoughts clear about fighters’ pay. The former UFC interim lightweight champion said, “I think we are underpaid personally. I am going to be real, I am not going to say too much… Dana said something the other day…talking about how boxers are overpaid. I asked Dana to box, He said f*** no.”

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“I am like why. I wanna go play baseball, I wanna go do other pro sports. I am an athlete…I wanna go do pro wrestling. I got Brock, uncle Brock that’s right there watching me. I wanna go do all these couple things, but then I have this guy right here acting like a f**** drug dealer telling me I can’t go and do this sh*t. I wanna go make more money for my family.”

While many fighters such as Francis Ngannou have been vocal about this issue, it is interesting to see Tony Ferguson raise this concern ahead of his fight at UFC 274. 

Tony Ferguson will return to the octagon at UFC 274

At UFC 274, Ferguson is going to make his much-awaited return against fellow lightweight fighter Michael Chandler. In his last three fights, Ferguson has suffered three losses against the likes of Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, and Beneil Dariush, respectively.

‘El Cucuy’ has looked like a shadow of himself in each of these outings and will look to turn things around against Chandler. 

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A win is important and Tony Ferguson will look to implement his unorthodox striking and slick grappling to return to winning ways at the Footprint Center in Phoenix. 

Regardless of the result, MMA fans will be waiting in anticipation for Ferguson’s return and his followers will hope for his victory.

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Let us know your thoughts about the fighter’s pay and how excited you are to see Ferguson back in the octagon. 

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Varun Bhat

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Varun Anand Bhat is an MMA writer at EssentiallySports. Not only does he train in MMA but he is also a certified judge, which gives him valuable insight while writing content. The fight between Conor Mcgregor & Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 was responsible for making him interested in the sport of MMA.

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