Ex-UFC heavyweight fighter, Travis Browne had a chance to interview Dana White on his ‘Tough Business’ podcast this week, and while doing so he spoke out in support of the UFC’s often-criticized pay-structure.
“You guys always paid me what you said you were gonna pay me, and most of the time, it was actually more,” Browne told White on the show. “So, all these people that are complaining about it, that are just talking shit about it, at the end of the day, I’m the one that signed that f—ng contract. And then I’m gonna turn around and bitch about it? Or i’mma bitch about it to a f—ng reporter or something like that?
That doesn’t make sense to me as a man. I signed a contract. If I wanted to get paid more, and you guys have always been upfront about it. ‘Hey, if you’re a free agent, go find a better deal.’ I’ve always felt like I was part of the UFC.
When one of my contracts was up, we had a bigger offer, but I was, like, ‘Listen, the best fighters are here in the UFC, and I’m not trying to be a B-Level fighter. I’m trying to compete against the best.’
You guys have always treated me right. 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—ng hear that they hear the little bitch that’s crying and complaining. Because you get these, like, entitled people. Or I don’t know where the f—k it comes from.
It’s like, they’re just whiny little bitches, and then they go to more whiny little bitches that’ll write about it.”
Browne was advised by White to retire from the UFC back in 2017 after losing four fights in a row, and he did just that, despite only being in his mid-30’s at the time, which is relatively young by heavyweight standards.
However, Browne is married to one of the UFC’s biggest ever stars, Ronda Rousey, so he was in a far more fortunate position than most in terms of his financial situation, and that may make his words here harder to swallow than for those who are living paycheck-to-paycheck in the promotion.
Check out Browne’s full interview with White below.