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Dana White claps back at Oscar De La Hoya’s criticisms about UFC fighter pay

"You don't like the way we pay our fighters? Too f*ckng bad ...'

The bad blood between UFC president Dana White and Golden Boy Promotions CEO and former boxer Oscar De La Hoya continues.

White sounded off on De La Hoya at the DWCS post-fight press conference after exchanging critical tweets from the “Golden Boy” targeting champion Alexander Volkanovski and his recent fight at UFC 266.


“He’s a liar and many other things, and I can’t tell you – maybe you can tell – how much I despise this human being, but that’s the only reason that I’m even f*cking doing this,” White said to reporters. “This is it. This is the last time. I’m not going at it again.”


White revealed a copy of a 2018 Golden Boy Promotions Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz III event that according to White paid Ortiz 1/12th and Liddell 1/10th of the amounts of their last fights in the UFC.

With respect to Volkanovski and according to White, a June 9, 2021  De La Hoya boxing card with 18 fighters totalled $36,500 with an average purse of $2,000 USD. White said “Before we paid $1 in purse money, Volkanovski got paid more to wear his Venum kit, than Oscar De La Hoya paid the entire f*cking fight card.”

Asked to comment on the current percentage of revenues allocated to the fighters, White declined to answer. “It’s none of your business.”  He did say that the fighters can reveal what they make as there is no gag order and that fighter pay has “gone through the roof” over the last couple of years.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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