UFC fighters team up with Jake Paul to slam 'greedy' Dana White

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Jake Paul and Dana White are pictured side by side.
Jake Paul has accused UFC boss Dana White of being 'greedy' over his refusal to lift the pay of fighters. Pictures: Getty Images

The ongoing theatre surrounding the money paid to UFC fighters has taken another turn, after several competitors slammed UFC boss Dana White for being 'greedy'.

A throng of UFC fighters, as well as YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul, say it is hypocritical of White not to pay his fighters more after he gave a box containing $250,000 in cash to a friend for their birthday.

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Clips on social media showed White presenting the extravagent cash gift to Kyle Foregeard, another YouTuber and member of the prank group 'Nelk Boys', who once gifted White a $444k Maybach van.

This was not well recieved by several of his fighters, who openly wondered what they would have to do to cosy up to White to get a bigger payday than many of them had earned fighting in his promotion.

The most vicious criticism came from Paul himself, perhaps no surprise considering his history of antagonising the UFC ringmaster.

He said it was 'embarrassing' for White to be handing out well more than double an average fighter's pay in a single gift, yet the likes of UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo took home half of that for a title fight.

“It’s embarrassing and it shows just how much of a scumbag Dana White is," Paul told WFAN Sports Radio.

How could you do that to your fighter? You’re giving a birthday gift to someone but your own flyweight champion (Deiveson Figueiredo), you can’t pay him enough and there’s no healthcare for his fighters.

“People are really starting to see how greedy this guy is, people are really starting to see that these fighters are underpaid.

"There’s got to be some change made here and the more we talk about it, the more we raise awareness and the more we fight back, the more pressure they’re going to be under to pay their fighters more.

“But it sucks, I feel bad for the flyweight champion. Dana White, if you’re listening to this, bro, you really need to re-evaluate yourself and take a hard look in the mirror.”

Several prominent UFC fighters took to Twitter to support Paul's argument, and poke fun at White over the awkward situation.

White has yet to comment publicly on the criticism from Paul.

He has resisted calls for fighters to be paid more in the past, often suggesting critics should run their own promotion of they wanted to see fighters pay go up.

The UFC is one of only a handful of professional sports not to have a player's union - and while no movement has come to pass on the formation of one, a 2020 survery of fighters by The Athletic showed a whopping 79% were in favour of doing so.

Dominant Alexander Volkanovski retains his UFC title

Australia's UFC featherweight world champion Alexander Volkanovski celebrated a new contract and targeted double champion status, after overcoming a hand injury to notch a dominant points win over old rival Max Holloway in UFC 276 in Las Vegas.

Volkanovski, from the NSW South Coast town of Windang, dominated with his fists, punishing Holloway with left jabs and right hand blows, opening up a cut above the former champion's left eyebrow in the second round.

While their first two fights were close, with some fans suggesting Holloway was unlucky not to get at least one of the decisions, 33-year-old Volkanovski dominated their third encounter, winning every round on all three judges' scorecards.

"It's good to finally put an end to it and silence a lot of people," Volkanovski said.

"We signed a new deal and I'm very happy with it, to be the highest paid featherweight outside (former champion) Conor (McGregor) is pretty impressive, so I'm proud of that."

Alexander Volkanovski lands a punch against Max Holloway at UFC 276.
Australian UFC fighter Alexander Volkanovski defeated Max Holloway for a third time at UFC 276 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

He attended the post-fight press conference with his left hand wrapped and said he thought had broken it in the second round.'

"I know when I break stuff," Volkanovski said.

The No.2 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, Volkanovski has won 22 fights in a row since his only MMA loss in 2013.

He improved to 25-1 and 12-0 in the UFC.

Some have suggested he could be considered as the UFC GOAT, but Volkanovski said that was up to others to decide.

"I think you'd be a bit of a fool to not have me in them (sic) conversations, they look at what I'm doing, look at the resume, but that's not up to me," Volkanovski said.

With AAP

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