UFC President Dana White’s $250,000 gift to a YouTuber has left many outraged, and of course, it was only a matter of time before Jake Paul weighed in on the present.
The internet star has been resolute in his calls for MMA fighters to be paid more by the UFC and has gone as far as calling Dana White a ‘scumbag’ for his latest display of wealth.
Kyle Forgeard who is part of the YouTube group Nelk Boys was celebrating his birthday at a restaurant when the UFC boss casually handed him a box with $250k cash inside it.
If there’s any way to ensure everyone knows you’re loaded then that’s just it.
Unsurprisingly, the gift sparked some heat among many in the UFC community including the fighters themselves with fighter pay long been a topic of debate.
Jake Paul, for all his faults, has perhaps been the biggest advocate for increased fighter pay, not afraid to give White a piece of his mind when it comes to the topic.
Speaking on WFAN Sports Radio, Paul took aim at the UFC President for his outlandish display of wealth.
He said: “It’s embarrassing and it shows just how much of a scumbag Dana White is. How could you do that to your fighter? You’re giving a birthday gift to someone but your own flyweight champion (Deiveson Figueiredo), you can’t pay him enough and there’s no healthcare for his fighters.
“People are really starting to see how greedy this guy is, people are really starting to see that these fighters are underpaid. There’s got to be some change made here and the more we talk about it, the more we raise awareness and the more we fight back, the more pressure they’re going to be under to pay their fighters more.
“But it sucks, I feel bad for the flyweight champion. Dana White, if you’re listening to this, bro, you really need to re-evaluate yourself and take a hard look in the mirror.”
While White has brushed off such comments in the past, it might be a bit harder to brush off the critiques of your own fighters.
UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling tweeted: “Dope! My birthday is July 31st! Can’t wait to see what Dana gets me!”
Former UFC fighter and commentator Dan Hardy said: “Retweet if you think Uncle Dana should give all of the UFC’s top 15 ranked fighters $250,000 for their next birthday.”
While Jon Fitch, who competed in UFC and Bellator, tweeted: “He’s giving away the money he stole from fighters.”
Not the wisest move Dana.
Featured Image Credit: Px Images / Alamy. @KyleForgeard/Twitter.
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