Surprise surprise, the UFC is back in the spotlight regarding fighter pay and the troubles they’ve had because of it. For those of you who are sick of the subject, I’ll let you in on a simple fact: so long as you can get paid more to retile a bathroom than fight in the UFC, shit like this is gonna keep popping up.
As usual Dana White comes across as an asshole, but an asshole with some very solid quotes and talking points. I swear to God, the guy carries around a pad of paper and jots down every witty thought that permeates his bald head. Get him for an interview, and he just follows the flow chart full of notes he’s made (interrupted of course with occassional bouts of tourettes).
All in all, a solid read but nothing we haven’t really heard before. Although I think this might be the first news piece by a major press organization that mentions the idea of a fighter’s union:
Couture said the UFC needs to consider providing “Medical coverage outside the shows, like when we are in training. Those guys making $2,000 to $3,000 a fight who get hurt in training, that’s a shame.”
“A fighters’ union is something that’s been discussed for a couple years. There’s almost this monopoly, but if the fighters could unite about issues such as these bonuses . . . there has to be someone in marquee stature to say he’s sacrificing everything, saying, ‘He can’t make me fight.’ “
Yeah, it’s too bad that rather than stick around and fight for the rights of other fighters, you just took your ball and went home you fucking bastard. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … MMA needs the right people to stand up against the UFC and help set up basic rights for developing and established UFC fighters. Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock ain’t the guys, and Randy blew it. So who the hell is left???