DFW: One great thing is not too many know exactly what the fighter pay is

by Tom Ngo | source: 5thround.com

UFC President Dana White sat down with ESPN and covered a wide variety of topics, including fighter pay.

Finances once again became a hot topic after boxing legend Mike Tyson told “The MMA Hour” that MMA fighters are well underpaid.

“The one great thing about UFC fighter pay is not too many know exactly what the fighter pay is," said White.

"I think it's good for the fighters. I’ve had this discussion, me and Mike Tyson talked about it day before yesterday. And he agrees. The bottom line is when we first signed our deal with FOX they came out and said, ‘Oh my God, these guys are getting paid this kind of money? Why don’t you scream that from the rooftops? Those are the kind of things that get people interested and engaged.’

“Like whenever Tyson fought, people would talk about how many millions of dollars he was making after that fight, and I said to those guys, exactly. Now look at what happened to Mike Tyson.”

"Now you notice, I don’t put any gag order on any of my fighters. My fighters can talk about whatever they want. If Georges St-Pierre wants to run out and start telling everybody what he makes every year, that’s his [choice]. You don’t see him doing it, do you? They’re not running out telling everybody how much they’re getting paid. It’s a negative thing, it’s not a positive thing. It creates a lot of negativity and a lot of problems in these guys’ lives.

“There’s a fighter that we have named Rory MacDonald, and he came up underneath GSP. People are calling him the ‘New GSP,’ including GSP. He's saying already that, ‘I would never fight George St-Pierre.’ I said, ‘Really? Let him take a look at Georges St-Pierre’s bank account, he’ll fight him tomorrow.’”

"Let's take Floyd (Mayweather), Manny (pacquiao) and a handful of other guys that make millions of dollars. And now let's look at the entire sport of boxing, and see how much guys get paid. There's no money out there.

"Theres this kid that I knew, right now I think he's ranked something like #14 of 15 in the world. The guy's fighting for $2,200.

"So it's real easy to look at a handful of guys in a fight that happens once a year in boxing, and those guys get all the money, and the rest of the guys get nothing."

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tags: UFC   Dana White   Georges St-Pierre (detail)  GSP   


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Haulport site profile image  

7/8/12 12:03 AM by Haulport

That's a lie. He talked shit, they sat on him for a year. The acting thing is what Roger said AFTER the shit storm from his comments started. You sound like a fucking SHILL.

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7/7/12 2:35 PM by The Kangaroo

He wanted to walk to pursue acting/modeling, which is the only reason why he didnt complete his contract sooner. He wanted out, and the UFC couldnt have cared less since he was contractual obligated to them if he DID want to fight. When those other opportunities didnt pan out and he decided to fight, he completed his contract, with consecutive losses.

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7/7/12 1:35 PM by duckhuntgangsta

Good to hear, she seems like an awesome person.

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7/7/12 1:24 PM by Haulport

Yeah, LOL, what a fucking joke...... These guys don't even pass the straight face test.... But they don't need to with their insolated world and idiot fans..... But this kind of con-artist attitude will continue to drive down the PPV buys (as they blame EVERYTHING ELSE except their own bad decisions) and keep the UFC the same size it was (or maybe smaller) before the FOX deal......

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7/7/12 1:09 PM by Haulport

Regardless of where Rger is now, he talked shit about the UFC and they FROZE HIM OUT for a year, just like they did to Vera and Arlovski.

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7/7/12 1:05 PM by Haulport

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!?!?!? The "stick and ball sports" play in STADIUMS! Do you have any concept how much it costs to run a stadium? To pay for all the trainings and training facilities???? Just to feed the players? And LOL @ flies by the seat of their pants. That is a fucking joke. The UFC has a script they run their events by and ANY BUSINESS that flies by the seat of their pants for very long will disappear. You post is a calmly, well-written piece of DOGSHIT full of ignorance and/or intentional shill lies. GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK The sheeple are SO READY to swallow down whatever Lorenzo tells them you all look like Linda Lovelace.... The fact is, Lorenzo holds on to an outrageous % of the cash for two main purposes: - To run around the world "expanding" trying to destroy any potential competitors - As the brothers main source of income because the casinos don't produce anywhere near what they used to All this other bullshit is nothing but apologist nonsense and PR spin.

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7/7/12 12:45 PM by The Kangaroo

Shown the door? He wasnt cut, he finished his contract with consecutive losses after trying to retire to pursue an acting career. Huerta's career suffered from self inflicted wounds.  

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7/7/12 11:43 AM by Shane Carwin

Lani and I are great. Previous

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7/7/12 11:42 AM by duckhuntgangsta

Lani? Or did you have another life before her? Not to pry into your personal life but there was a video of you two here and she seemed super supportive. As someone in an almost three year relationship and scared of marriage I try to find inspiration where I can :-)

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7/7/12 11:31 AM by Sprawl'n'Stall

The problem with all these discretionary bonuses is that it creates a sort of "mafia" environment. If papa Dana or Lorenzo likes you, you play right (according to them ), you kiss ass, well you'll get money thrown at you my son. But you better behave now big boy or you get none of those toys!!!Anyhow, that makes Greg Jackson's strategy of boring game plans to win seem even more stupid for his fighters' purse.