UFC president Dana White isn’t shocked that Jorge Masvidal isn’t combating for the welterweight championship.
Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) lengthy was regarded as the subsequent challenger for 170-pound champion Kamaru Usman. The 2 had been jawing at one another on social media, had their very own in-person scuffles, and there was intensive reporting of a championship showdown within the works.
Nonetheless, negotiations between the UFC and Masvidal went south, with Masvidal expressing his discontent publicly and saying he was being provided much less cash than his final bout towards Nate Diaz at UFC 244.
So as an alternative, the UFC gave Gilbert Burns, who lately defeated former champion Tyron Woodley, the title shot at UFC 251 subsequent month. The change of title challenger caught many off guard however not White.
“It’s not a shock,” White informed reporters Friday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. “I imply, that is what we do. We’ve been doing this for 20 years. Individuals who need to struggle get fights, and individuals who don’t, don’t.
“And (Burns is) the No. 1 ranked man on the planet. No. 1 vs. the champion. And this child desires to remain busy. These children who come out and go on runs like Burns is on and need to preserve combating and keep energetic, they’re wholesome, it’s the neatest factor they will do. And it doesn’t shock me that Masvidal … Masvidal could be very very similar to the Diaz brothers. He beats to the sound of his personal drum. When he desires to do one thing, he does it. It’s not very stunning in any respect.”
The general public discord between Masvidal and the UFC has been one of many greatest tales in fight sports activities in current weeks. It’s much like the continued scenario with Jon Jones, lately retired Henry Cejudo, and others who’ve voiced their discontent with their revenue.
Experiences estimate the UFC shares 20 p.c of the income with its fighters, which is way lower than different main sports activities leagues the NFL, NBA and Main League Baseball, which all are at or near a 50/50 break up. White says it’s enterprise as traditional and nothing new to the struggle sport.
“Pay attention, I’m placing on fights each weekend for the subsequent 10 years,” White mentioned. “If you wish to struggle, name us. We’ll give you fights, and in case you don’t need to take them, you don’t should. It’s at all times been that method.
“Everyone’s appearing like that is some new (expletive) drama that simply popped up, and this has by no means occurred earlier than within the historical past of the game. This occurs on a regular basis, continuous.”
When requested if there’s room for future negotiations about sharing extra income with fighters, White mentioned fighter compensation complaints are regular. He didn’t give particular numbers on what fighters make however mentioned they’re compensated nicely.
“There’s a number of new folks protecting us,” White mentioned. “There’s a number of new those who don’t know quite a bit in regards to the sport. That’s new. This isn’t new. This is identical previous sh*t. And all these fighers which might be (sad), they share within the income. They do share within the income. They’ve the upside on the pay-per-view. And guys that promote pay-per-view make some huge cash.”