(Up to date at 3:50 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020, with an replace of a false constructive)
LAS VEGAS – Minutes after Jorge Masvidal issued a sequence of tweets Friday, UFC president Dana White gave his response.
Simply previous to the UFC 250 faceoffs, Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) issued a sequence of tweets through which he voiced his displeasure at present negotiations with the promotion.
At a information convention held not lengthy after later, MMA Junkie requested White what his response was to Masvidal’s claims of disrespect and lowballing. White took specific exception with Masvidal’s criticism of the UFC “shopping for” an island as a substitute of paying their fighters adequately.
“I feel all people needs extra money,” White stated. “I feel all people needs extra money in all these different sports activities. Masvidal says, ‘You’ve obtained sufficient cash to purchase islands.’ Let me repeat for the (expletive) billionth time: I didn’t purchase an island, OK? We didn’t purchase an island.
“The explanation we’re doing the (‘Battle) Island’ is in order that fights can go and these youngsters from Europe and the remainder of the world can generate profits and might work. I feel lots of people are actually pissed off and confused – or regardless of the scenario is correct now.”
As his prolonged response progressed, White targeted on his fighters’ unbiased contractor standing. Whether or not a fighter is a champion or making his debut, White reiterated that no fighter is being pressured to compete.
“Anyone that doesn’t wish to struggle doesn’t need to struggle, together with Masvidal and Jon Jones and all these different guys,” White stated. “It doesn’t need to be due to the pandemic. These guys are unbiased contractors. This isn’t just like the NFL the place I could make you: ‘You come to observe and also you do that otherwise you’re going to get fined otherwise you’re going to get this.’ These guys can do no matter they need. They will say no matter they need.
“… We’re not begging individuals to struggle. We’re providing fights as a result of in our contract, I’ve to offer you three fights a yr. You have got the power to show them down and never take them.”
Hours after White’s information convention feedback, Masvidal responded to his boss on Twitter. He took exception with White evaluating the UFC to different main leagues, particularly financially-speaking.
Masvidal additionally introduced up UFC fighters’ unbiased contractor standing, which restricts them from upping and leaving in the event that they wish to make a residing elsewhere.
“I’m not an unbiased contractor if I can’t go anyplace else to make a residing,” Masvidal wrote. “Let me go and let me see if I’m value it”
For weeks, Masvidal has been in talks for a title shot in opposition to UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Nonetheless, in latest days, all events concerned have hinted that negotiations have slowed.
Masvidal has not competed since his “BMF” title struggle in opposition to Nate Diaz at UFC 244 this previous November.