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Jorge Masvidal hopes more people bring attention to fighter pay ‘because I think it’s messed up’ – MMA Root



Jorge Masvidal hopes more people bring attention to fighter pay ‘because I think it’s messed up’

After making the best money last year, Jorge Masvidal said he was “leading the fight” for the best pay for fighters in the UFC. But these days, he just doesn’t quite understand how 600 independent contractors get together to make this happen.

Ask him if his story and Jake Paul’s repeated criticism of UFC payouts could lead to better rewards, the answer is an emphatic no.

“Fighters are very individual beings,” Masvidal said recently at MMA hour… “We would need to get together under a roof or something like that, and deep down, take each other’s interests so that we can sit down with everyone else. And that’s a problem in itself. “

Several groups have tried to rally the militants into some sort of collective bargaining group, but have failed after an initial surge of interest. The MMA remains one of the few active groups in the industry, although it has recently focused on supporting change through the courts and the legal system, supporting the ongoing antitrust case against the UFC and lobbying for MMA to be included in Muhammad Ali’s Boxing Reform Law.

Masvidal, who is aiming to return to the Octagon in late 2021, agrees that under the current circumstances, incentives for fighters at different stages of their careers do not match. Young upstarts are happy to just get into the UFC and maintain the status quo, while the stars are focused on maximizing the profits that it may have taken them over a decade to achieve.

The floaters in the middle are shackled in one of dozens of ways the octagon’s careers can get stuck, and often they are just trying to survive.

“I want every fighter in the squad to get what they deserve, but this is crazy,” Masvidal said. “The next guy who isn’t in the UFC can be happy with one or the other, and you know how that is.”

Masvidal’s fight came to light when he turned down an offer from the UFC to fight Usman at UFC 251 for what he said was less money than he made by facing Nate Diaz at UFC 244 in 2019. The bottom line was related to the success of the pay-per-view event.

The fight numbers for July 2020 came as a huge surprise to Masvidal. Despite a second defeat to the UFC welterweight champion nine months later, he remains a draw for promotion. This position, which took him over 16 years to reach, was followed by countless ups and downs in the octagon, before a series of lightning-in-a-bottle performances opened the eyes of UFC fans to his talent and personality.

Masvidal said his mission is to provide fighters with a fair share of the income generated from their work in the octagon. According to court documents filed in an antitrust case against the UFC, the promotion expects to pay fighters no more than 20 percent of this income. Gamebred cited a recent graphic on Twitter that shows the share to be 16 percent, the share that went to fighters in 2012, according to internal forecasts released during the trial.

Like many fighters who come out with public complaints, Masvidal believes that one day things will change and he is not sure if he will be the catalyst.

“I think something will happen in the future, but I don’t know,” he said. “I hope more and more people continue to draw attention to this because I think it is flawed. I think they just issued interest again [revenue going to athletes] for Bellator and other organizations, how much more they give. This is madness.”