Dana White Trashes ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” Special About UFC Fighter Pay
Never one to be silent about his company, Dana White has stepped up to immediately denounce ESPN’s recent special “Outside The Lines”, which criticizes the UFC and how it pays its fighters. The investigative report questioned the percentage of revenue that is paid to mid and- lower-tiered fighters while comparing it’s pay structure to sports organizations like the NFL and the NBA. It also takes a look at its direct “competitor” boxing and how it pays their fighters.
In a nutshell, ESPN blasts the organization and how it treats its fighters despite its growing popularity around the world. Despite White’s refusal to take part in the ESPN special, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta appeared in the piece to defend his company. No notable fighters participated on record as only former UFC fighter Ken Shamrock, MMA Agent Monte Cox and MMA Fighters Association’s Rob Maysey painted the organization as one that strong arms its fighters. It certainly wasn’t a flattering portrayal, as it has become a spark plug in the MMA world and created numerous conversations.
Shortly after the special aired on Sunday, White released a video defending his company.
“ESPN doesn’t care about this sport,” he said in the video. “ESPN hates this sport. They won’t even cover it. They don’t do the great stories about this brand and about this sport that should be done. They don’t tell stories about the fighters. Have you ever seen any in-depth great story about UFC fighters on ESPN? Hell no, you don’t. You see this garbage ‘Outside the Lines’ BS.”
White chalks up the controversy to clever editing and the network not really caring about the sport. Watch both below and see for yourself.
ESPN’s Outside The Lines
UFC’s Raw & Uncut Interview