Dana White Talks USWNT Pay Dispute, Growth of Women's MMA in UFC

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2019

Dana White, UFC president, talks about a mixed martial arts light heavyweight bout between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson scheduled for UFC 232 in Las Vegas, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, during a news conference at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Dana White has said he believes women deserve equal pay in professional sport, with the UFC president discussing the earning potential of female athletes.

Speaking at a forum with Hashtag Sports on Thursday, White said women "are bringing in the money" when asked about the recent salary dispute between the United States Soccer Federation and USWNT players:

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"Whatever sport it is and the women are bringing in the money. Yes, they should get paid." @danawhite on paying female athletes and the USWNT pay dispute at #HS19 https://t.co/AN05LTpBhY

White also spoke about how women are treated in the UFC, and he called his female fighters "legit," adding Ronda Rousey was previously the organisation's highest-paid individual.

According to Rachel Bachman of the Wall Street Journal and Andrew Das and Kevin Draper of the New York Times, U.S. Soccer and its female stars have agreed to enter a mediation process to help settle a discrimination claim.

Twenty-eight USWNT players have initiated the action as they fight for equal pay in their sport.