“Total Payout $27 M”- Jake Paul Has a New Fighter Pay Idea After UFC London’s Success

Published 03/21/2022, 2:32 AM EDT
Dec 18, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Tyron Woodley at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Narratives drive conversations in today’s media world. Depending on what’s being said and who’s saying it can be very powerful or misleading. Jake Paul is never at a loss for words and is always on about something. His sights have been set on the UFC, and his talk has been revolving around it for a while. 

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With numerous tweets targeting UFC president Dana White, the 25-year-old YouTube star has criticized White regarding his handling of the fighter pay issue. Paul’s current narrative is on the stance that he’s working towards a better future for fighter pay. 

His latest tweet involves an idea that he has for the UFC fighter pay issue. Here’s what the YouTube star had to say about it.

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Love seeing fighters get paid. Idea: Commit $50K bonus 4 every winner / $600K per UFC event. 45 events, 12 fights, total payout $27M (2.7% of rev). If winner don’t deserve it / boring fight, spread the $50K to one’s that do on the card. More exciting fights, more pay. Good idea?” tweeted Paul. 

Jake Paul on driving the Fighter pay narrative 

The tweet is pretty simple to understand by itself. Paul proposes that the UFC pays its fighters $600000 per UFC event. This figure is an aggregate of fight bonuses of $50000 each. With UFC London getting one of the highest fight bonuses in UFC history, Jake Paul wishes to see more of this. 

Dec 18, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Jake Paul celebrates after knocking out Tyron Woodley (not pictured) at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Although very possible, it is ultimately up to the UFC in order to choose how much their fighters get paid. However, with an idea as executable as this on the internet platform, this could put the UFC management slightly on a the hot seat. 

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Stating numerical facts such as (2.7%) revenue in total payouts does put the UFC in a somewhat of a stickier position than usual. 

Selfish intentions or a do-gooder?

Speculation that Jake Paul might be doing all of this for his own selfish end could also be prevalent. Given his intentions to instigate fights to set up media-fueled boxing matches, his talk about fighter pay may get him a step closer to a massive UFC fight as he wants. 

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However, this is irrelevant, as a lasting good thing is always welcome no matter done with what kind of intention. Jake Paul stated the idea. Now it’s the UFC’s move. 

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Rohit Raj

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Rohit Raj is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. As a Business student, Rohit’s love for the UFC was double-sided with the business of it being just as intriguing as the martial arts aspect of it. “Don't just fight, perform” is a quote that he believes drives the most entertaining fights of the UFC, with the likes of Conor McGregor, Chael Sonnen, and Israel Adesanya sweeping him off his feet with their skill as well as swagger and trash talk capabilities.

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