Travis Browne Claims UFC Fighters Complaining About Pay Are Just ‘Whiny Little B*tches’

Former UFC heavyweight contender, Travis ‘Hapa’ Browne has claimed that fighters who have recently raised the issue about unfair fighter pay under the promotion’s banner, are “whiny little b*tches“.

Browne, who still remains in the USADA testing pool and has supplied multiple test samples to the anti-doping agency this year, has yet to compete professionally since UFC 213 back in July 2017, where he fell to 18-7-1 as a professional in a second round rear-naked choke loss against Aleksei Oleinik. Following the submission loss, which came as Browne’s fourth consecutive blemish, UFC president, Dana White stated, “I think Travis (Browne) should retire“.

The 39-year-old heavyweight appeared recently during an episode of his podcast, Tough Business which featured an interview with the aforenoted, White, where Browne claimed that fighters raising their concerns with the rising problem regarding fighter pay, were just “whiny little b*tches“.

You guys (the UFC) have always treated me right,” Browne said. “The pay has been there, and again, it’s always been at least what the contract was, and most of the time it was more. So these people that are complaining, people in the media that don’t f*cking hear that, they hear the little b*tch that’s crying and complaining. Because you get these, like, entitled people. Or I don’t know where the f*ck it comes from. It’s like, they’re just whiny little b*tches, and then they go to more whiny little b*tches that’ll write about it.

High profile competitors like middleweight contenders, Paulo Costa and Jared Cannonier had raised their concerns with the issue of fighter pay recently, with the latter in particular calling for a union to be formed in order for fighters to receive a larger percentage of revenue from promotions and promoters.

UFC bantamweight contender, Sean O’Malley has also recently questioned why the promotion appears to have an issue compensating fighters what they are worth.

In response to the issue of fighter pay, Dana White encouraged “critics” of the issue to start their own organizations, and that the UFC is his, thus, he will run it how he likes.

The reality is anybody who’s being critical outside of the fighters themselves don’t know anything anyway,” White said. “They don’t actually know what these guys are making. And the fighters don’t ever come out and tell you. There’s no gag order on any of these guys. These guys can come out at any time and tell you what they’re making. I have no problem with that. But they don’t, do they? No, they do not. So, it’s sort of a Catch-22.

Fighter pay has continuously gone up every year since we owned the business,” White continued. “Obviously, there’s been tons more opportunities with the outfitting policy, some of the sponsors that we’ve brought in that spend tons of money with the fighters too. There’s a lot of opportunities here for the fighters. And listen, there’s never gonna be a guy that’s coming out and saying, ‘Yeah, they’re (the UFC) paying me too much. They’re overpaying me.’ And all of these guys that are champions share in the pay-per-view revenue (PPV points).


Ross Markey

An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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