“Nobody was laid off, no salaries were cut, every contract was honored”: Dana White praises the UFC’s determination to continue amid the Covid-19 pandemic, revealing that fighters would have lost £ 150 million if they closed
- Dana White commended UFC for its commitment during the Covid-19 pandemic
- He claimed fighters would have lost a combined £ 150 million if they stopped
- The UFC president announced that despite uncertain times, no wages were cut
Dana White has commended the UFC for continuing to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The UFC president, who did everything in his power to ensure that UFC 249 succeeded as one of the first sporting events after the world was hit by the March pandemic, also claimed that fighters together lost £ 150 million, when the organization hadn’t returned.
White oversaw the birth of UFC’s Fight Island, which was established as the safest place to fight when the disease struck the planet.
Dana White commended UFC for continuing to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic
The UFC president also claimed fighters would have lost a combined £ 150million if they stopped
And he was delighted with the UFC’s determination during the troubled year, noting that despite the uncertain times, no wages were cut.
‘Nobody was laid off, no salaries were cut. And if you look at the fighters, every fighting contract was honored, ”White told BT Sport.
‘Quitting is never the solution. I was blown away by how many people were willing to just quit. Fascinating to me. ‘
“If I choose to forget, we’re not going to go, we’re just going to suspend this thing like all these other companies have done, you talk about, I should probably have laid off 50 percent or more of my staff.”
White oversaw the birth of UFC’s Fight Island, which was established as the safest venue
“You would have cut all executive salaries in half … or more. They speak of nearly $ 200 million that would not have been paid to fighters, and the list goes on and on. ‘
The 51-year-old also said he was “confident” of convincing Khabib Nurmagomedov to step out of retirement and return to the Octagon.
White claims Khabib could return to the competition to reach 30-0 despite promising his mother that she would retire at UFC 254 after his third title defense against Justin Gaethje in October.
Dana White is “confident” that he can convince Khabib Nurmagomedov to pull out of retirement
The lightweight champion announced that he would be retiring after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254
White will meet with Nurmagomedov in January to discuss his possible U-turn in retirement, claiming the Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier fight is not about an intertitle.
White said, “I think his dad wants him to get 30-0, and he wants to get there because he knew his dad wanted it.
‘But we will see. He and I will meet and talk next month.
‘He couldn’t, maybe he won’t fight. I don’t know the answer to that. But I’m a little confident that I can talk him into it. ‘