From the outside, the UFC seems like the ideal employer if you are an MMA fighter. Even if you are a ring girl or a cut man, the UFC seems to be the end goal. It is the pinnacle of the MMA world, they offer the best pay (which has caused controversy in itself) they are the best organised MMA organisation in the world and they offer by far the most exposure.
The UFC do a lot of things right, on numerous occasions they have gone out of their way to help their employees, whether it comes to medical costs or general personal problems. For the most part the UFC has been a model employer, particularly in the MMA world.
It sounds too good to be true right? Well, for a few, it is. All though the UFC has a reputation for being the premier mixed martial arts org in the world, they have also gained a reputation for controversial decisions regarding their employees. Particularly over the last 5 years or so, the UFC has angered MMA fans and journalists around the world with some of their decisions to fire employees.
Many times they have shown double standards, and fired employees for reasons that have baffled all of us. UFC president Dana White has received the lion's share of criticism for a lot of the firings recently. He has been involved in personal grievances with employees which have ultimately ended in firings.
Of course we do not know what goes on behind closed doors, and there may well be reasons we are not aware off, but the general consensus is that at least a few of these firings have been unethical.
In this video we count down 10 of the most controversial firings in the company's history. From fighters who were shown the door for their style of fighting, to cut men who were axed for their opinions on the company, this list covers all employees from fighters to ring girls and cut men.