LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White has a stern directive for boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya: Stay out of our enterprise and fear about your individual.
Following this previous weekend’s UFC 266, De La Hoya took to Twitter to recommend featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski was grossly underpaid for his gutsy win over Brian Ortega and that White ought to “have some f*cking respect for yourself and these fighters and pay these warriors what they deserve.”
Hey @alexvolkanovski you simply received a brutal battle for @ufc and made 1/20 of what you’re value. @danawhite have some fucking respect for your self and these fighters and pay these warriors what they deserve
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) September 26, 2021
On Monday, White responded to De La Hoya on Instagram, and following Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series 41 occasion on the UFC Apex, the UFC boss went on a fiery rant.
“I said it to (De La Hoya) yesterday, and I’ll say it to him again: He accomplished a lot of great things in boxing. Outside of the ring, the guy’s an absolute f*cking loser,” White mentioned. “He’s a liar and lots of different issues, and I can’t inform you – perhaps you possibly can inform – how a lot I despise this human being, however that’s the one motive that I’m even f*cking doing this. This is it. This is the final time. I’m not going at it once more.
“I mean, last time he did it, I was on SportsCenter and I laid out how he lied and facts, and then here we are again, you know? Yet this guy keeps opening his big f*cking yap.”
While White has beforehand mentioned the pay charges for UFC Hall of Famers Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell for his or her trilogy match, which was hosted by De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions in 2018, this time he addressed a more moderen occasion by the promotion. White introduced copies of the pay sheet from a June Golden Boy Promotions hybrid card held in California and distributed them to the media earlier than discussing its contents.
“So what you’ve been handed, I could have brought 30 of these,” White mentioned. “I introduced one as a result of it’s June 9, 2021. OK, this was a combat that simply occurred in June. It’s a Golden Boy Promotions combat that this d*ckhead placed on, OK? There have been 9 fights, 18 fighters. The whole purses paid for each combat was $36,500. Total. The common purse per fighter is $2,000 on a Golden Boy-De La Hoya card.
“He’s concerned about Alexander Volkanovski. OK, before we pay $1 in f*cking purse money, right, Volkanovski got paid more to wear his UFC Venum kit than Oscar de la Hoya paid the entire f*cking fight card. Do you understand what I’m saying? To walk out with the Venum fight kit on, he was paid more than Oscar paid the entire f*cking fight card. I could go on, but I think we all get the f*cking point: He’s a liar.”
As MMA Junkie beforehand reported, Volkanovski obtained $42,000 in UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay at UFC 266.
White and De La Hoya have brazenly feuded for the reason that former boxing champ-turned-promoter publicly advised followers to not purchase the 2017 crossover contest between then-UFC champ Conor McGregor and undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. White felt betrayed on the time after lengthy supporting De La Hoya’s profession and feels the boxing nice’s present concentrate on UFC pay is unfounded.
“We were cool at one point,” White mentioned. “I’d go to his fights. He’d placed on fights, and I’d actually use my social media to speak in regards to the combat. ‘Hey, you watching Oscar’s combat tonight?’ So all of the issues that I had completed for this man, you recognize, when he was having fights and sh*t, then we do Mayweather vs. McGregor, and this man goes on like a PR tour telling folks to not watch the combat. It was a ‘disgrace to boxing,’ however he would combat Conor McGregor, proper? It’s not a shame to the game should you combat him?
“First of all, I’m involved in this fight. Why would you tell people not to watch somebody’s fight? What do you even care? Right? I just laid out how he pays his fighters and what he does. But you’re concerned about my fighter comp?”
Of course, De La Hoya isn’t the one one speaking about fighter pay within the UFC. The promotion stays concerned in a years-long antitrust go well with, which alleges the UFC has lengthy operated as a monopoly and labored to drive down fighter wages.
Plaintiffs within the go well with have alleged that lower than 20 p.c of the UFC’s income goes towards fighter pay, which pales compared to the payout share of different main sports activities. When pressed on that determine, White declined to deal with the UFC’s present income cut up however inspired anybody who didn’t just like the promotion’s mannequin to be at liberty to begin their very own group.
“It’s none of your business,” White advised MMA Junkie. “It’s none of your small business how a lot it’s. That’s it. I imply, that’s what individuals are at all times asking about. You know, ‘What about this? What about that?’ Listen, should you don’t like how we run our enterprise, go begin your individual.
“There is no barrier to entry to get into this sport. Anybody can do it. Many have – a lot of smart guys, too. (Mark) Cuban. (Donald) Trump. The list goes on and on – a lot of guys that have gotten into this business. I hear there’s new guys coming out. I wish them all the best. You know, anybody can get into this business. If you don’t like how we’re running ours, go do it yourself.”
While he didn’t supply any particular figures, White did say that fighter compensation has elevated for the reason that promotion was acquired by Endeavor in 2016 and that he anticipates that pattern to proceed.
“Fighter comp has gone through the roof over the last five years since the sale, you know, and it’s going to continue to go up,” White mentioned.
In closing, White vowed to not deal with De La Hoya’s jabs once more shifting ahead however mentioned he felt inclined to do it on Tuesday. The UFC boss once more challenged anybody, together with De La Hoya, who wasn’t snug with the promotion’s practices to do it higher themselves and pointed in the direction of the expansion of MMA as an entire and the UFC’s funding in making it a world sport as proof that the promotion is doing issues the precise manner.
“You don’t like the way we pay our fighters?” White requested. “Too fucking dangerous. Go begin one other MMA group and also you go f*cking work out methods to do it, and you may pay them $10 million a combat, $30 million a combat – no matter you need to do.
“We run a business. We’ve been very good at it. Not only do we run the business, we continue to grow the sport and take everybody along with us. You know, tonight, like Laura Sanko said, you know, this whole Contender Series was all foreign guys that are coming in here to fight. Everybody makes money. Everybody makes a living. You know, there are some hard stories and some sad stories. Some guy came in at this. You’re either f*cking good enough to be here or you’re not. This is the big leagues. It’s like the NFL. You can either last here or you can’t last here, but people get paid. People get paid a lot of money.”
To see the total interview with White, take a look at the video under.