“We Run a Real Business Unlike Boxing” – Dana White Finally Answers Fighter Pay Questions

Published 09/30/2021, 2:01 AM EDT
GLENDALE, AZ – JUNE 12: Dana White meets with the press following UFC 263 on June 12, 2021, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Dana White and the UFC have been facing a lot of criticism for some time regarding fighter pay. People like YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul, and Oscar De La Hoya, have constantly criticized Dana and UFC for underpaying their fighters.

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While many have come out and criticized Jake Paul for his antics, one must give him some credit for his stance on the fighter pay issue. However, White was quick to fire back at the criticism from Paul.

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He said, “People like to push the buttons and talk about fighter pay, and you don’t EVER see us coming out and talking about it because I don’t give a s**t. When I got a 20 something-year-old Jake Paul, a f**king YouTuber talking about fighter pay… it’s nobody’s f**king business what these fighters are making.”

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The UFC President also ripped into boxing as a business and said boxing doesn’t run a proper business like the UFC. He said, “We run a real business, unlike boxing. What these guys do is that every event is a going out of the business sale. They trying to get as much money as they can in the door. Two guys at the top of the card make all the money. And how many fights a year are they doing? 1, 3, 5? I’m doing 52-53 events a year.”

Dana White and the feud with Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya, a former professional boxer turned boxing and MMA promoter, has also been taking digs at Dana White regarding the fighter pay. Oscar, on many occasions, has questioned Dana on this topic, the most recent being after the UFC 266 event. De La Hoya tweeted, suggesting that Volkanovski had made only 1/20 of what he’s worth.

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A few days later, White went after De La Hoya at the DWCS press conference. He talked about the MMA event by De La Hoya and the pay that the fighters got at that event. “So all the former UFC fighters who were on his card made more in their last bout than they did for his event. Most of them made more in multiple or all of their UFC bouts.”

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This seems to be a touchy subject and as there is no love lost between Dana White and ‘Golden Boy’, expect this back and forth to continue and escalate.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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