It looks like the pay issue among UFC fighters is not something that brewed in the recent past. Former lightweight champion Sean Sherk has also come up against the UFC for not increasing the pay scale of its fighters.
Sean Sherk took it to Twitter to express his frustration. He was of the view that with the celebrities making a whole lot of money in boxing matches, it is a shame that those on the UFC roster are not receiving such paychecks.
“I think the UFC should be extremely embarrassed by the fact that their former champions and top-ranked fighters have to go fight YouTube stars with barely any fighting experience and make 10 times more money than they do in the UFC,” the UFC veteran wrote.
“I’ve been retired for 10 years and nothing has changed in that organization. UFC fighters are still the worst paid athletes on the biggest stage. Believe me I have my stories too.”
Sherk enjoyed an illustrious career with the UFC and his 36-4 pro-MMA record speaks volumes of his skills.
The MMA veteran has faced the pay issue himself when he fought BJ Penn in May 2008. The Muscle Shark received $35,000 whereas Penn was paid $250,000 for winning the fight via KO in the third round.
Recently, former UFC fighter and ONE Championship title-holder, Ben Askren, made the biggest money he has ever in his pro-MMA career. He received half a million dollars in an exhibition match against YouTuber-cum-entertainer Jake Paul.
Tyron Woodley, a former UFC welterweight champion and Askren’s close friend, will take on Jake Paul next. He is also likely to be paid around half a million dollar or more for the exhibition fight.
Dana White lashes out at Diego Costa
Middleweight Diego Costa has displeased the UFC president after opting out of a scheduled fight over pay complaints.
Jared Cannonier and Costa were expected to trade some elbows on August 21, but Borrachina never signed the contract and demanded the UFC more compensation.
The UFC star seemingly compared the pay that MMA fighters pocket with what Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather made in their exhibition bout. But Dana White seemed upset with the comparison and let it all out while speaking to TSN about Costa’s comments.
We extended his contract for turning down the fight. But listen, don’t fight. I have to offer you three fights a year, this is my situation with all these guys. I offer you three fights a year. He doesn’t have to fight. No problem, don’t fight,” the UFC boss remarked.
“Guess what? You should have started a YouTube channel when you were [expletive] 13 years old and built your name up and everything else and you could have had the fight on Saturday night. But you didn’t. You’re not a [expletive] YouTuber, you’re a fighter, and this is what you do for a living. Or you don’t. It’s up to you.”
He also questioned the wisdom of Costa demanding more money after suffering a defeat to Israel Adesanya in his last fight.
“And you’re in no position to be talking about crazy money after your last performance. Okay? So you either want to fight or you don’t want to fight. No problem. You don’t want to fight, you can hang out and do whatever you want. When you’re ready, you let me know,” White added.