Dana White has been having a tough time with the fans. The UFC audience is slowly wizening up to UFC tactics of nickel and diming the athletes, problematic match making and overal tomfoolery.
White was heavily criticized after a video was posted online featuring him personally delivering a cash birthday gift to streamer Kyle Forgeard.
But slowly and surely the athletes are waking up to the travesty that are UFC financials. According to earning reports, compensation for the athletes is typically just 18,19% of a revenue an event brings in.
Aljamain Sterling followed suit.
“.Dope! My birthday is July 31st! Can’t wait to see what Dana gets me!
.Dope! My birthday is July 31st! Can’t wait to see what Dana gets me! @danawhite
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 12, 2022
Retweet if you think Uncle Dana should give all of the UFC’s top 15 ranked fighters $250,000 for their next birthday. https://t.co/F9BhltEPP7
— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) July 12, 2022
In addition to the athletes, Jake Paul pitched in and called White a “s***bag”.
White had a message for the critics. The ever so eloquent UFC president told Pat McAfee show that people should mind their own business:
Naturally this neglects to account for the fact that White is the president of a publicly traded company that releases its financials and as such it’s fair game to criticize.
“Endeavor is public. How the UFC makes money and pays its executives and fighters – especially after court docs revealed pay distributions – makes this all quite literally public fair game. Also, it was on social media! Every part of the criticism is well within the public’s right” writes MMA Analyst Luke Thomas.
“Of course coming off the injury, I’m not balling out of control or anything like that, and a lot of people don’t understand that when we have these fights that we owe people money after these fights. After this win, 60 percent of my money is already gone. Between the gym, between management, between taxes, on top of that I’ve got bills, credit cards, I got kids, I’ve got a house up in Alaska, I’ve got a house here, I’ve got car payments. That money goes. Money don’t last forever.”
UFC London Payouts pic.twitter.com/sMhfF3YlrM
— Jack Slack (@JackSlackMMA) July 23, 2022
So of course, White is entitled to spend his money however he’d like but it would be nice if the athletes who risk their brain health and future day in and out could be financially secure at the very least.