UFC president Dana White has had just about enough of fighters calling for ‘money fights’. In fact, he’d really rather his athletes stopped demanding huge promotional backing, or opponents from other divisions until they prove that they deserve the special attention.
Special attention like, say, Conor McGregor gets
“I’m getting tired of the term ‘money fights’,” White said, speaking with FOX Sports. “[Fighter’s say] ‘I want the money fights!’ What, are you all going to move down and fight Conor [McGregor]? Listen there’s no bones about it: Conor is the guy. Conor brings in big gates, big pay-per-view numbers and everything else. Shut up if you don’t.
“If you’re not him, shut up.”
Recently, it’s fair to say we’ve seen an increased amount of fighters reaching a certain point, before beginning to demand opponents, or pick and choose who they want to accept from the UFC brass. For White, unless a fighter proves their worth, then he see’s no reason why they should want anything other than to prove themselves as legit champions first.
“Guys are talking about money fights, I’m like you’re not a money fight! Okay? You’re not a money fight,” White shouted. “You’re going to make whatever you’re going to make and if you’re a good champion and your fight sells, you’re going to do pay-per-views and you’re a partner in the pay-per-view.
“If you’re not that big pay-per-view star, shut up and fight.”