Dana White responds to Jorge Masvidal’s ‘let me go’ plea during pay dispute

Jorge Masvidal and Dana White showed no signs of backing down over the dispute surrounding pay in UFC.

Popular welterweight Masvidal added his voice to that of Jon Jones over grievances towards UFC in regards to how much the company pays athletes. The stand-off led to Jones saying he has vacated his light heavyweight belt and asking to be released from his contract, a request echoed by Masvidal.

Masvidal claimed UFC pays fighters just 18% 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.

“Being the financial wizard he is, I’m assuming his numbers are correct,” White said at his news conference following UFC 250. “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. 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.”

Masvidal appeared on SportsCenter to explain how he is not requesting a salary raise but a greater revenue share.

“So I’m asking for a bigger revenue share of what we bring in, you know,” Masvidal said. “I got a lot of questions and one of them is NBA, NHL, baseball, they make I think 40% of what the organization brings in. Football I think is 47%. Mine is like 18%.”

Masvidal tweeted before the UFC event he wants to be let go from his contract.

Masvidal expanded his thoughts in an interview with SportsCenter.

“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,” Masvidal said. “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. 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% shares or 40%, 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% coming back over, but it’s not even that. It’s less than 20%, and I’m having these questions.”

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