One of the biggest complaints from UFC over the years is regarding the promotion not paying their fighters properly. Jon Jones, in particular, has demanded he get paid a proper amount of money to compete in big fights.
Jake Paul had previously blasted Dana White over UFC not paying their fighters properly and continues to be an advocate for this cause, which has made many see him in a positive light.
While speaking with MMA Fighting, former two-division UFC champion Randy Couture criticized Conor McGregor for not speaking up about the problems with UFC fighter pay in the way Jake Paul did.
“The guy that really had the chance to shine a light on it was Conor McGregor. He got a boxing license. As soon as he got a boxing license, it rendered his UFC contract null and void. He had the protection of the Muhammad Ali act when he became an official boxer with that boxing number. He chose to bring Dana White and company back into that when he could have done all that on his own, kept all that money to himself and shine the light on the problem in the sport of mixed martial arts. He chose not to do that. He made $100 million off of that fight with Floyd Mayweather. That’s more than he’ll probably ever make in MMA to be truthful. I think it started there.
I think, really the first big red flag was selling the company for $4.2 billion. That’s when a lot of fighters stood up and said, ‘what the heck? How in the heck is that possible?’ Conor I think shined the light on it but chose not to pursue it, highlight it and try to improve our sport. Now I think we’ve got guys like Jake Paul. Why is Jake Paul the one to step up and poke Dana (White) and shine the light on what’s going on?”
We certainly wonder if the situation with UFC not paying their fighters what they deserve will eventually be fixed, especially if Conor McGregor finally decides to speak up on it.