Jorge Masvidal Has “Questions” About Revenue Share Fighters Receive From The UFC
By FCF Staff
Jorge Masvidal has been voicing his displeasure with what the UFC’s offering for his next fight. Now, “Gamebred” is questioning why fighters reportedly earn less of the promotion’s revenue, in comparison to what athletes earn from other professional sports leagues.
Masvidal was expected to challenge welterweight champ Kamaru Usman next, but the fight has yet to be signed. More recently, Masvidal has claimed the UFC’s offering him less for that fight, than what he earned for his fight with Nate Diaz.
Dana White has claimed that fighters don’t need to compete if they don’t want to, since they’re independent contractors, unlike athletes who play for pro teams. That has prompted Masvidal to compare what UFC fighters earn in comparison to other professional athletes.
“Basically, it’s not that I’m asking for more money, it’s that I’m asking for a bigger revenue share of what we bring in,” Masvidal said. “I’ve got a lot of questions, and one of them is NBA, NHL, baseball, they make, I think, 50 percent with the players of what the organization brings in.
“Football, I think it’s 47 percent. Mine is like 18 percent. So I have these questions in my mind: Is it to put the cage up costs so much? The setup? What is it so much?”
Masvidal also said this later in the interview.
“The fighters that don’t know, that are not educated, might say different things, but we don’t get a percentage of the gate, a percentage of the T-shirts, none of that. So what does it matter for us? Why do I have to do my job at a less rate? Now, if they were giving us 50 percent share or 40 percent or any of that stuff, it be a different ball game. Yeah, we can come to different terms like the NBA or other sports because of the things at hand – the quarantine and not being able to do large gatherings and not being able to have them. But we don’t even have that. We’re not even near that ball park.
“Most of us would be happy if it was 30 percent coming back, but it’s not even that. It’s less than 20 percent. I have these questions, and I want them answered.”
Following UFC 250, White reported that Masvidal, who has won three straight fights, recently signed a contract extension.