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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