UFC President Dana White knows that MMA can be a ruthless sport, but it can also be rewarding.
Fighter pay has been a hot topic in MMA for quite some time and it’s something Dana White has touched on on several occasions. Recently, Cheyanne Buys has become the star of the sport after arriving in the first round against Gloria de Paula. When Buys was informed that she had won a “Fight of the Night” bonus of $ 50,000, she fell to her knees and cried tears of joy.
Buys told reporters after the fight that she was struggling financially and the bonus would help her immensely.
“I just found out two seconds ago that I had the performance for the evening, so yeah, it’s pretty surreal. Seven weeks ago, I decided to take a big risk and abandon my home and everything in it in Dallas, Texas. And I came here with my animals, and my husband, and we have a vehicle… we packed our car with a suitcase, we came here, we didn’t have a home, we didn’t have anything. I had to get a loan just to have a house.
“And I knew coming here tonight that all my pay was going to go back to that loan.” And I took a big risk to get a big reward, and I can’t thank my team, my husband, my family … because they were the ones who said, “Look, you’re gonna have to go bankrupt for a while. little moment just to get something good out of it. And I knew I had to do it, and, man, I feel so happy.
“I’m negative on my account right now so it’s going to make a big difference,” Buys said. “And my whole salary, in fact, is that I have to pay back $ 15,000 for a loan that I got from a few people. So I won $ 10,000 and $ 10,000 with my win and my show, so that $ 20,000 was just wasted. And I was okay with that. I was okay if I won and that check was gone because I had moved here, and I know this fight was just going to be for the move, but it was the best decision my husband and I made. for our career.
Asked by MMAJunkie about the situation with Buys, White said that MMA winners get big rewards, but those who lose often will find themselves in trouble.
“There are a lot of people who are going up who are broke, who are struggling. She is going upstairs. But I would say the flip side is that she’s 1-1 in the UFC and she did, what? $ 80,000 in the past six months? Look, this is one of those sports that you have to win. If you win, all is well. If you lose, everything is bad. This is the nature of this beast.
Do you think this is a sane answer from Dana White on the subject of combatant pay?