With his official entry into the world of Mixed Martial Arts, one of the best from the world of boxing promotions, Oscar De La Hoya is now speaking out on fighter pay.
De La Hoya is kicking off his MMA bid with a Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell legends match.
On the part of Tito Ortiz, he’s admitted to taking the fight with no base salary, and a large pay-per-view percentage.
Here’s what Oscar said:
“We are looking at the weekend of November 25th, the Thanksgiving weekend. So yeah, we are going to do it big just like we do it. I am really looking forward to getting into the MMA world and making sure that these fighters are being compensated well. Look, we risk our lives up in the ring, so fighters should be compensated extremely well. The current structure is terrible. I have been talking to many, many fighters in MMA and it’s ridiculous what they get paid. It’s crazy, it makes me sick to my stomach. So I’m going to start Golden Boy MMA for a reason, and it’s going to start with Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, to pay them correctly. To pay them what they deserve.”
Here’s his full interview:
Is this the future of MMA?