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UFC Star Responds To Dana White's Fighter Pay Comments: 'Why Do They Have A Problem Paying Someone What They’re Worth?'

Nasir Jabbar

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UFC Star Responds To Dana White's Fighter Pay Comments: 'Why Do They Have A Problem Paying Someone What They’re Worth?'

UFC star Sean O'Malley has hit out at fighter pay following Dana White's bullish stance on the controversial topic.


The UFC president shared his thoughts on fighter pay after Cheyanne Buys' recent comments regarding her financial situation.

The women's strawweight contender got emotional speaking about the 'life changing' post-fight bonus amid her dire bank balance.

Image: PA
Image: PA

White reacted, saying: "This is one of those sports you've got to win. If you win, everything's good. If you lose, everything's bad."

However, O'Malley has questioned why the premier MMA organisation have a problem paying someone what they're worth.

Speaking on his podcast, the 26-year-old said via MMA Fighting: "I don't even know if I'm supposed to say this. I was talking to my manager and he was talking to Sean Shelby and Sean Shelby was mad at me.

"Dude, I don't wanna fight in New York. It's far, the taxes are ridiculous, and Tim (Welch) has no-Gi ADCC trials that weekend.

"He told me that before I even potentially had a fight. So, that's his thing and I'm not gonna say, 'No. I have a fight, we're doing it.'

"Especially when I could fight like a month later in Vegas. And Sean Shelby was just like, mad and like, 'Fine. Go hang out with 6ix9ine.'

"Just acting like a f**king tool, dude. I don't know if I should've said that or not. But it's like, dude, come on. What are you doing?"

The UFC bantamweight added: "They don't need me. The UFC would be 100 percent fine without me. If they want another huge, giant star, I could fill that role for sure, but they don't need me. But don't treat me like that. Like, act like I'm not training or nothing. 'Go, you're hanging out with 6ix9ine, dude.'

"Like, I'm hung out with him once. Well, three days. But yeah, so, it's like, cool, dude. Treat me like a piece of sh*t. No, it's like, dude, I would rather not deal with him at all and just deal with Dana.

"'I know you're gonna be asking for a lot of money.' No sh*t! I'm pulling f**king numbers, you can't deny that.

"Why do they have a problem paying someone what they're worth? That shouldn't be an issue. That should be, like - especially when I'm blowing up like that. Those last two fights, third-round finishes, handing out brain damage. You should be like, 'Hell yeah, I'm gonna pay you a lot. You earned it.' Dude, I was UFC 264."

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Topics: UFC News, Fight News, UFC, Dana White

Nasir Jabbar
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