It seems like the dispute between Dana White and Jorge Masdival is far from over. Both the UFC fighter as well as the UFC boss don’t seem in a mood to relent. Masvidal claimed UFC pays fighters just 18 per cent of its profits, but president White said the BMF belt-holder had only recently agreed to a new contract and as such has little wiggle room.
At the post UFC 250 press conference, White said, “Being the financial wizard he is, I’m assuming his numbers are correct. Masvidal just signed a new eight-fight deal. He’s got seven fights left in his deal. My people were working with him trying to get a deal done when he already has a deal.”
He added, “Jon Jones has seven fights left. He just signed a new deal less than a year ago. So guys, you can say whatever you want. I have a deal which is still a deal with both guys. This isn’t like one of those scenarios where they’ve got a three-year-old deal and they’re like, ‘Oh man that was three years ago. I’m in a much different place right now’. This was months ago.”
On the other hand, Masdival said, “So I’m asking for a bigger revenue share of what we bring in, you know. I got a lot of questions and one of them is NBA, NHL, baseball, they make I think 40 percent of what the organisation brings in. Football I think is 47 percent. Mine is like 18 percent.”
The fighter added, “So I have these questions, like why so much? Does putting the cage up cost so much? Is it the set-up? But what is it that is so much? And I want these questions answered. So I thought what better place to come than on here and ask these questions. None of us, no fighter ever has got a share of the gate, or the hotdog sales, or the pina coladas that they sell. We don’t get any of that.”
He went on, “We don’t get a percentage of the gate, we don’t get a percentage of the t-shirts and none of that sold. So what does it matter to us? Why do I have to do my job at a lesser rate? Now, if they were giving us 50 per cent shares or 40 per cent, or any of that stuff, it’ll be a different ball game. Yeah, we could come to different terms like how they do it in the NBA and other sports because of the things that are at hand. Most of us will be happy if it was 30 per cent coming back over, but it’s not even that. It’s less than 20 per cent, and I’m having these questions.”