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).“
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