Fighter pay has become a contentious issue in UFC and the success of Jake and Logan Paul has only highlighted it further.
The YouTubers are cashing in on their massive fanbase by putting on professional fights.
The Paul brothers have made millions already and people like UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, can’t understand why.
Ngannou’s Twitter posts during Logan’s fight with Floyd Mayweather on Monday summed up his feelings : “It’s crazy to think that Logan Paul (0-1) just made $20M on a boxing exhibition. WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG?”
It’s reported that Ngannou and his fellow fighters receive around 18 percent of UFC’s revenue, which obviously is not even a quarter of what the company earns.
People like Jake Paul have taken UFC president Dana White to task over the pay before and fighters like Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal have long complained too.
Nate Diaz is not complaining though.
Ahead of his showdown with Britain’s Leon Edwards this Saturday at UFC 263, Diaz fired back at Ngannou and says he should have followed his lead.
“They should’ve been spitting all that ‘I need money’ shit a long time ago like I was. I was never no champion, and I was saying ‘fuck you, drop me, let me get some fucking money cracking.’ And what happened? My stock just raised, anyway, and nobody was jumping on it.
“Now, they’re like, ‘What are we doing wrong?’ I’m like, ‘You should’ve listened to your daddy years ago, motherfuckers.’ All of you. The whole roster.
“Everybody’s rookies, though, so that’s what you got going,” Diaz continued.
“Probably you’re not getting no bag because of how bad you’ve been slacking it.”
Diaz complained about his pay for years and eventually found himself faced with UFC’s golden goose, Conor McGregor. And he won, which led to a money-spinning rematch.
That will have given Diaz all the money he could have dreamed of and the contest for the BMF belt will have been lucrative too.
Now that Diaz is an established draw in UFC, his pay is in line.
For Ngannou, perhaps he’ll need to sell more pay-per-views to convince White to pay him more, but the biggest fight he can make with Jon Jones, White doesn’t seem interested in giving him.