UFC President Dana White has come forward with a statement concerning the near termination of Yair Rodriguez’s position within the promotion. This time around, White revealed some information concerning fighter pay.
UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez was momentarily removed from the UFC roster after the fighter entered negotiations with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) concerning his match up against Zabit Magomedsharipov. Speaking on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, Dana White revealed his thoughts on the matter.
“Listen, I get into these things where this is the fight business and the UFC is the elite of the elite in mixed martial arts. You get into these situations where you get these guys that don’t want to fight certain people and if you don’t want to fight certain people, this probably isn’t the place for you.
“I’m looking for people that want to be world champions that want to f**king fight the best in the world, and if you’re not that guy, then there’s plenty of other places where you can go and make money. This place isn’t for you.”
“That’s what I’ve run into with a few guys. You’re going to see more of it. There’s more coming today. I’m not f**king around anymore here. If you don’t want to fight, don’t sign here. If you want to hand pick fights, don’t sign a contract here. This isn’t the right place for you.”
“Very rare that this happened in the old days. Guys came out and fought whoever they had to fight next and that was the way it went. These new guys come out and want to hand pick fights and do this stuff, that’s not gonna work for you here.”
The UFC President then claimed that fighters can often make more money outside of the world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion.
“You’re here to fight and you’re here to become a world champion. If that is not what you are here for, this is not the place for you. You can go many other places. They’re paying guys great money out there right now and a lot of times you can go out there and make more money than you’re making here. Knock yourself out because that’s where you belong. You don’t belong here.”