UFC's White preparing direct response to ESPN's criticism

source: twitter.com
 

Yesterday, ESPN released a UFC/" target="_blank">video previewing a segment they did for the popular show Outside the Lines. The segment, which airs Sunday takes aim at the UFC and their perceived lack of fighter pay and claims of a monopoly by critics. The video was followed up by an article today titled UFC fighters low pay might be the most brutal, written in part by Josh Gross, the former editor of Sherdog.com whom has a storied past with UFC President Dana White.

Tonight on Twitter, Dana White was fericious in choice of words when discussing defending his business and even plans to released an unedited version of the interviews used by ESPN in the segment for OTL:

@TheFightingPost @joshgrossespn Josh is a pessimistic scumbag who pitched the story. The beauty is we filmed the interview too.

@TheFightingPost @joshgrossespn we will air the entire interview as is no edits after ESPN airs theirs! Looking very forward to this :)

@TheFightingPost @joshgrossespn trust me I have been a part of ESPN hack jobs that's why I don't do those BS shows and why we filmed it

@TheFightingPost in an attempt by gross and ESPN to do a hack job on us we were ready this time!! We are gonna blast these hacks!!

@TheFightingPost idk I'm in Rio but my stuff is ready to roll!!! I'm excited to smash and discredit ESPN and the piece they did!! So pumped!

@TheFightingPost can't stand the lying 2 faced media fucks!! So glad we did this one right cause ESPN can NOT be trusted.

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CindyO site profile image  

1/16/12 4:38 AM by CindyO

 ttt for The Cooler. Cindy

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1/15/12 5:22 AM by CindyO

  "Who provides travel and boarding to and from fights in the UFC? The fighter." No they don't. "Who provides per diem pay while on the road and health insurance for the UFC? No one and the fighter." UFC pays a per diem as well as life insurance. "12-24 grand a year is decent money for a young guy who is playing in a sport where the org provides nearly everything but the talent. 12-24 grand a fight wouldn't be enough (assuming 3 fights a year) for a guy who has to pay out of his own pocket for everything training/health/travel related. That's ignoring the fact that the fighter risks his health and his life and the basketball player risks his knees and perhaps hurting his wrist in an on court slap fight." Now is it enough? Cindy

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1/15/12 4:39 AM by Brasky

Only an 11er would be dumb enough to think UFC fighters pay for their travel and boarding to UFC events. Sherdog awaits you.

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1/15/12 2:26 AM by DanTheWolfman

It is probably bottom 5 guys on any card...they indeed could be really hurting to get by if they only get two fights in in a year or get injured etc.....Let's say they all make $20,000 min now......Is maybe an additional $20,000 to say 50 guys on the roster really going to break Zuffa's back/bank? Maybe an extra $ 1,000,000 I am sure they would argue it is more like maybe only bottom 15 guys that got an injury that might make under the $40K mark so it is really a lot less and no sweatGuy goes 1-2 ufc on his first year contract.....$40,000+ say a $10,000 win bonus.....then assume he gets some sponsorship money on top.........minus his managers fee, training, sparring partners etc........At least him and his family can get by that year even if he should get cut...but that still isn't a lot......nor a big br

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1/15/12 2:19 AM by DanTheWolfman

The three things I thing need to happen before fighters are really making what they should is:1) Drop the whole independent contractor bullshit, if they want real bargaining power, they need to be actual Zuffa employees, not independents that are being payed to perform by a promoter. 2) The UFC is going to need to switch to yearly structured contracts based on a set amount of money for a set amount of fights in the year. For instance Nate Diaz could get paid $200,000/year + bonuses for 3 fights. And then a certain amount of money for any fights beyond 3. Bonuses based on finishes, top 10 opponents faced, etc.3) Have events that people will associate with certain places and eventually get the number of PPV's way down with the # of TV events way up to get more viewers and sponsors to make up the dollars lost from PPV revenue. If you can get it down to a monthly PPV model, which can basically guarantee at least 1 title fight on every PPV + very healthy free-tv cards it could increase revenue by a lot. And I actually think this is a path they are already aiming towards.I remember writing such a proposal for I believe MMAweekly many many years ago but was unable to find it when I looked a couple days ago. If I remember correctly, those at Zuffa said they looked at it. Proposed Salary for 3-4 fights a year, Salary Min+Bonuses+Insurance. If UFC really is the Superbowl of MMA, any fighter good enough to be hired should be hired for a 1 yr 3 fight contract $40,000 Min.PLUS Bonuses for Wins..............Remember many people spend a lot of years scraping in the small indies to fight in the UFC. At least this basic reward should be applied for getting there, learning the skills,and putting their long term health at risk (Repetitive Brain injuries may indeed cause problems.....Shocker......and suggesting link in study in Amy boxers to Pituitary dis-function and Auto-immunity....just like I have .....not to mention the torn muscles, twisted joints and ligaments they will all feel as they age) Anyone at all on here remember My Proposal? Not making this up..........Zuffa paid it attention way back when

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1/15/12 2:00 AM by CindyO

 HB, you've got mail;) Cindy

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1/15/12 1:54 AM by CindyO

 Ha!!! No way! Cindy

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1/15/12 12:47 AM by mrantistupiditay

^ This is why non-idiots on the forum have no use whatsoever for you.

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1/14/12 9:52 PM by The Cooler

Who pays for training in the NBA-D? The NBA-D.Who provides training facilities for the NBA-D? The NBA-D.Who provides training equipment in the NBA-D? The NBA-D.Who provides travel and boarding to and from games? The NBA-D.Who provides per diem pay while on the road and health insurance for the NBA-D? The NBA-D.Who pays for training in the UFC? The fighter.Who provides training facilities for the UFC? The fighter.Who provides training equipment and uniform in the UFC? The fighter.(Yes, through a sponsor, but the fighter gets the sponsor himself)Who provides travel and boarding to and from fights in the UFC? The fighter.Who provides per diem pay while on the road and health insurance for the UFC? No one and the fighter. 12-24 grand a year is decent money for a young guy who is playing in a sport where the org provides nearly everything but the talent. 12-24 grand a fight wouldn't be enough (assuming 3 fights a year) for a guy who has to pay out of his own pocket for everything training/health/travel related. That's ignoring the fact that the fighter risks his health and his life and the basketball player risks his knees and perhaps hurting his wrist in an on court slap fight.

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1/14/12 8:03 PM by Hill Billy

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