Dana White slams claims UFC fighters are underpaid

UFC president Dana White has taken aim at media members who suggest fighters in the promotion are underpaid.

Fighter pay has been a hotly debated topic over the past few years in the UFC, with the likes of current champion Francis Ngannou and former champion Miesha Tate leading the line.

But White doesn't seem to think fighter pay is as big of an issue as some are making it out to be.

Instead, he thinks the media convince fighters they are underpaid by constantly bringing up the issue.

He said on the Tough Business podcast: "You have these scumbags out there that know nothing about the business telling all the fighters ‘oh you’re all being underpaid. You’re not being paid enough money.

"You’re not this — it goes on every f****** day! Every media member that talks about fighter pay is a scumbag who is basically just out there to get attention.

"They literally know nothing about the business or the pay or how any of this s*** works. It’s all part of the game.

“That’s who they are and that’s what they do, and I literally could give a f***.”

Former UFC heavyweight Travis Browne came to White's defence on the podcast, stating the fighters who complain about fighter pay are " whiny little b***** ”.

And one name who has come to the defence of UFC fighters is Jake Paul.

The internet star turned pugilist Paul has become one of the most talked-about names in combat sports in the last year. He is 4-0 as a professional boxer and defeated former UFC champion Tyron Woodley by decision last month.

Paul recently slammed White and even donated $5,000 to a fighter's GoFundMe in June after she struggling to fund her training camp.

The 24-year-old explained his hopes of changing the pay structure in the UFC before his fight with Tyron Woodley last month.

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He told Showtime Sports : "It's just very unfair. What's crazy about is the fighters only gets paid 10% of the total money that's earned.

"Whereas in the NBA and NFL it's 50% and meanwhile you have Dana White going on Twitter talking about how he's spent $7 million on a blackjack hand and lost it.

Unlike major sports leagues such as the NBA and NFL that pay their athletes 50% of total revenue, the UFC pays its fighter around 18%.

Paul criticised this revenue split and said fighters have to cover health and travel expenses on top of this.

He continued: "Meanwhile, his fighters are starting GoFundMe pages. And not only that, if you're in the NBA and NFL you have team facilities and coaches.

"You get help with recovery and flown places. All of that is covered, but as a fighter you have to cover all your own expenses."

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