Dana White Rules Out Financial Hand-Outs To Fighters During Pandemic

Dana White has vowed not to let anyone that either works or fights for the UFC to be put out of their job during the coronavirus pandemic, but hes also ruled out giving fighters any kind of financial hand-out to tide them over either.

Instead White is bullish about the UFC’s chances of maintaining an aggressive fight schedule in the coming weeks and months that will ensure everyone gets paid.

“We’re not doing stimulus checks,” White said with a chuckle during an interview with Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. “We’ll be back up and running, is what we’re going to do… When you’re with the UFC, we’re moving forward. You’re going to continue to work, continue to make money, continue to feed your family. Whether you work at the offices or you fight for the UFC.”

However, White has assured fighters who were on some of the UFC’s recently cancelled fight cards that they are working on ensuring that they are compensated.

“People who missed their fights, we’re working out a whole deal for those guys,” White confirmed. “We’re working on all [that] stuff.”

On that note, it was recently revealed that those on the UFC: London card in April were paid, although there was a ceiling of $20,000, which left a number of fighters significantly short of their usual per-fight salary, so it’s likely that a similar arrangement will be in place for the other events around that time.

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