Former UFC champion Sean Sherk has blasted the promotion, stating that they “should be extremely embarrassed” by the success of Jake and Logan Paul’s recent boxing matches.
Sherk, who was UFC lightweight champion between 2006-2007, is one of many veterans to speak out against the largest MMA promotion in the world. Gray Maynard, Leslie Smith, Cung Le and Jon Fitch have also attacked the UFC, with Smith leading the push for a fighter’s union.
Sherk took to Facebook a few days ago to share his thoughts on the rise of influencer boxing and his discussed own experience with the UFC’s pay structure.
“I think the UFC should be extremely embarrassed by the fact that their former champions and top ranked fighters have to go fight YouTube stars with barely any fighting experience and make 10 times more money than they do in the UFC.
“I’ve been retired for 10 years and nothing has changed in that organization. UFC fighters are still the worst paid athletes on the biggest stage.
“Believe me I have my stories too.”
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Despite Dana White’s assertion that the UFC pays its fighters more than any other MMA promotion (which should be a given since they are, by an enormous margin, the largest organisation in the sport), fighters still earn far less than athletes in other sports.
Recent findings show that the UFC pays its fighters roughly 16% of its overall revenue. In stark contrast, America’s other major sporting leagues, the NFL, NBA and MLB, all pay their athletes at least 48% of their total revenue.
Sherk continued in the comments below his initial statement on Facebook, calling for fighters to unionise.
“The fighters aren’t doing anything wrong. The fighters want to win world titles on the biggest state. I’ve been there so I know.
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“What’s wrong is that the fighters need to unionise. Without the UFC there will still be fighters, but without fighters there is no UFC.
“For some reason the fighters refuse to do that, it has to be an all or nothing kind of thing.
“The big-name fighters need to jump on board but they’re the ones making big money so they have more to lose than gain.
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