Ken Shamrock Rips Dana White on Twitter over Fighter Pay
After receiving the above YouTube video in a tweet (h/t MMAjunkie.com) from a concerned fan, Shamrock and UFC Hall of Fame inductee Randy Couture chimed in on the topic, echoing the video's sentiments about fighter pay.
While Couture sounded off first, Shamrock promptly took the mic and commanded it for the remainder of the set, as he touched upon fighter pay and the overall lack of respect fighters receive from White.
So what [you're] saying is that the fighters did not make the ufc what it is today, that disrespectful promoter did all of that. Wow, what a smart guy you are. Why didn't I think of that? Who needs fighters when you can just disrespect the guys who made your promotion and talk trash and make loads of money and not give what is partially the fighters money.
This is not uncharted land for Shamrock.
I don't like to see people get taken advantage of, and I speak my mind when I see something wrong and other people are being hurt...I've seen things that are wrong. I see the lies that are being told. I know the money that is being made, and I know that people are being lied to...There's more money being made there, and they're lying to people about the money being made.
A 2012 ESPN article detailed fighters' reluctance to discuss fighter pay, saying that the topic activates their "flight instincts."
On the other hand, legends like Chuck Liddell have spoken candidly on the subject, concluding that the pay scale is more than fair for fighters, while White himself consistently tosses positive metrics back in the faces of critics.
The fact that fighter pay is a recurring theme—one that we've seen discussed for years—tells me that the situation is not perfect.
While Shamrock and Couture are not exactly UFC advocates at this point in their respective careers, ex-UFC fighters like Jon Fitch, Jacob Volkmann and John Cholish have also expressed their discontent with the organization's pay scale.
There is no doubt that the top fighters enjoy significantly steeper pay grades than undercard inhabitants, but, as Liddell points out, those who continue to win impressively will reap the rewards.
Shamrock, still displeased by the video and the ensuing conversation it spawned, capped off his tirade by reminding White where to direct the credit for his successes:
Whose corner do you find yourself backing? Does each side make a relevant point concerning fighter treatment and pay?
Sound off, and we'll discuss this ever-burning issue.
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