Andrew Yang who is running for President as a Democrat in 2020 has blasted UFC president Dana White. Yang has been a long time, hardcore fan of the MMA and he also planned his wedding around TUF finale in Las Vegas around eight years ago.
Andrew Yang took to Twitter to slam UFC’s labor practices and about the low wages, the biggest Mixed Martial Promotion in the world pays its fighters.
Yang said in an interview to MMAFighting that, he was scrolling through Sherdog to find out the UFC Lincoln results and he stumbled upon an article where Dana White bragged about the company being valued at $7 Billion. However, Yang wasn’t happy as he believes UFC is worth that much because the share of revenue that goes to fighters is kept relatively low compared to other sports.
“I just found it disgusting, because the reason why it’s supposedly worth $7 billion is that they are underpaying fighters by a factor of four, relative to what they should be paying by any common sense standard,” Yang said. “And also by the standards of other major sports. So Dana White is talking out of both sides of his mouth. He’s like, ‘MMA is going to be the biggest sport in the world, MMA is the biggest thing,’ and then he’s paying people 10, 12 percent of revenues when every other major sport is paying between 47 and 51 percent.
“So, I just got angry about that. That Dana White is such a moron, honestly. Because if you’re going to exploit workers, you might want to keep that valuation under your hat. That to me is fairly common sense.”
Dana White hasn’t responded to Yang’s criticism yet, but if Dana White’s recent visit to the White House to meet US President Donald Trump is any indication then it’s certainly is going to be very interesting to see how UFC president responds.