Dana White takes pay bonuses off the chopping block

Dana White takes pay bonuses off the chopping block

There’s been a lot of talk about fighter pay lately and while the simple solution to the problem would be to raise starting fighter pay up from 8k/8k to something survivable like 20k/20k, Dana White was floating the idea that the league might ditch all pay bonuses in order to cover to cost of higher guaranteed pays. It kinda came across as a threat, but now he’s saying the UFC won’t be doing it:

“At the last press conference, I talked to the press I told them we’re not doing away with the fight of the night bonuses,” White said. “After I said that, I got a lot of feedback from the fighters. The fighters want the finish bonuses. They want the finish bonuses and they want the discretionary bonuses to stay the same, so, that’s that.”

I am not surprised that fighters would rather have the generous bonus system than a completely undefined ‘higher pay’ system. When White brought it up, there was no talk about how much more fighters might be paid if the bonuses stopped flowing, so it basically sounded like bonuses were out and maybe some guys would get a base raise on their next contract. Maybe. That doesn’t sound like a reasonable compromise. That sounds like brass saying ‘So you think this is bad? Let me show you what bad really is.’

  • DiscoStu

    “I am not surprised that fighters would rather have the generous bonus system than a completely undefined ‘higher pay’ system. ”

    WTF he really managed to pull off a perfect diversion here. They asked for higher pay and he made it sound like it was a debate between higher pay and bonuses, and then came back “OK I’ve listened to the fighters – we’re keeping the bonuses”. NO ONE was talking about removing bonuses as an option except him, the discussion was if they should pay fighters more and he managed to shift the focus to make it sound as if he had no choice than to remove the bonuses.

    Thats like asking your boss for a raise and getting the reply “Sure, but everyone has to work christmas & new years and no one gets vacation. Oh you guys want vacation? well I guess the people have spoken then. Vacations for everyone!!”.

    He just made it sound like doing nothing was doing something. Fucking genius.

  • agentsmith

    DiscoStu is correct.

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