White responds to criticism on fighter pay

July 2, 2013

MMA Junkie reports that Dana White’s solution to the complaints about UFC fighter pay is to eliminate fight bonuses.  The Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night and KO of the Night would be done away with in order to compensate the lower tiered fighters.

Via MMA Junkie:

“You don’t like the structure? All right, we’ll pay the lower-level guys more money – no more f–king bonuses,” Dana White said. “You guys come in, you negotiate your contracts, and we do away with all bonuses. That’s what I’m thinking about doing.”

White has been in discussions with Lorenzo Fertitta about redistributing the salaries for its fight nights.  As a result, the reported bonuses, which were made standard at $50K this year would be put back into the salary pool to compensate the preliminary fighters. This would give Zuffa another $200K to bolster salaries.

Payout Perspective:

White’s comments sound more like a threat than a response to the complaints.  Its also a way to divide the fighters, a tactic that can be used whenever workers think about unionizing.  For example, a guy like James Krause, who made $100K in bonuses at UFC 161 would never have a chance to make that much again.  Instead he’d probably take home $20K flat.  A substantial difference that would absolutely be pointed out by Zuffa.  The move is geared toward fighters that look for the bonus or have received it in the past.  It would make them much more against people complaining in public about fighter pay.

One solution not talked about is Zuffa extending its budget to pay fighters more.  There are obvious budgetary issues and the fact it is putting on more events would mean more payouts.  But, White’s solution would cause an upheaval among fighters, which is probably what was intended.

62 Responses to “White responds to criticism on fighter pay”

  1. Aintitthetruth on July 4th, 2013 10:37 PM

    All they need to know is that whoever holds a belt from one of the four sanctioning bodies is loaded. That means four avenues to the top. You can’t handle the truth, and the truth is that UFC fighters are exploited and paid next to nothing. You are bragging about the views that UFC fights get, but you can’t brag about the money because it isn’t there!

  2. Aintitthetruth on July 5th, 2013 2:15 AM

    also: I don’t know why they allow you to post with your vocabularly that is straight from the gutter. F this, S that, grow up!

  3. BrainSmasher on July 5th, 2013 11:19 AM

    I was just speaking your boxing language. Isn’t that where boxing and it’s fans are from? The gutter?

  4. aintitthetruth on July 5th, 2013 6:54 PM

    Sorry, I occupy the moral high growing. You can stay in the gutter by yourself.

  5. Tops of on July 5th, 2013 8:07 PM

    Dana likes your language b.s….Do what Dana does……he will be proud of you…and promote you up the UFC fanboy ladder….

  6. BrainSmasher on July 5th, 2013 10:45 PM

    Will that mean I will be on the mind of every boxing fan?

    I have a serious question for you guys. How does it feel knowing the guys you have been told were the best fighters on the planet your entire life. Would get their ass kicked if they ran into a high school wrestler with 6 months of BJJ training? That is like finding out “The Fonz” is Henry Winkler. Must be a big let down.

  7. aintitthetruth on July 6th, 2013 6:26 AM

    In primarily an mma fan and honestly only started watching boxing recently to study tape. boxing for me is not a spectator sport. Mma has gotten to that point. Fighting and boxing is only fun when I am Iinvolved. If they would open the ruleset for mma to PRIDE rules maybe I would watch more… But there is just way more money in boxing no matter how you slice it. mma guys being better all around fighters is irrelevant. Just ask tim sylvia. He got starched in like ten seconds by an over the hill ray mercer. You ever notice how olympic boxers keep boxing, and olympic wrestlers have to coach or fight for peanuts? Its too bad because there’s no incentive fr good young elite boxers to cross over like wrestlers do.

  8. aintitthetruth on July 6th, 2013 6:34 AM

    Then i mention klitscko and bs acts like i’m mentioning some esoteric fighter and not the top heavyweight boxer who any fight fan or fighter would know unless they are just ignorant or stupid. Both of which a disproportionate number of ufc fans were. Hell I remember when mma blew up back in 06 people were still talking about how bad tank abbot and ken shamrock were and that is sad. I’m a huge tank fan but he was a decade past his prime and the ignorant masses at work and bars were talking him up. Sad.

  9. aintitthetruth on July 6th, 2013 6:38 AM

    Guys at the top should not have to fight to prove which discipline is best; that’s childish. Its about money now. Why would a champion boxer want to learn to wrestle? So they can get get paid less to fight for respect? Only a sucker would do that.

  10. Chris on July 6th, 2013 9:41 PM

    What do you mean Tops? See we all dont have to share the same opinions but people like me or BS etc dont come here to troll. We actually give real thoughts on the topics.

    You come on this site, on an mma story and the first thing you do is hate on mma nad ride boxings nuts. Thats called being a troll. You and Sampson bring nothing to this site.

  11. aintitthetruth on July 6th, 2013 11:49 PM

    Most of bs and his “opinions” are as one sided as theirs and come across as sounding like dana white talking points. It just happens to be painfully easy to compare boxing to .mma as far as payouts go. Also anything that would threaten the ufc bottom line bs trashes as if he had a vested interest in the matter.

  12. brad60 on July 17th, 2013 6:29 PM

    Greed 101. If it wasnt for the fighters there would be no Ufc. I also hear Dana holds fighters back from endorsements crazy. Thats where the money is at. Its not to hard to see what they are makin on PPV’s and at the gate. Greed!

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