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Dana White Counters Oscar De La Hoya, Reveals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz UFC Pay (Yahoo Sports Special)

Dana White Counters Oscar De La Hoya, Reveals Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz UFC Pay (Yahoo Sports Special)

(The next report comes from MMAWeekly.com content material associate Yahoo Sports, written by Kevin Iole.)

The percolating feud between UFC president Dana White and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya boiled over on Wednesday when White went onerous after the boxing Corridor of Famer.

White reached out to Yahoo Sports on Wednesday to level out what he stated have been quite a few inaccuracies in feedback that De La Hoya has made about him just lately, together with some on ESPN’s “First Take” with Stephen A. Smith.

De La Hoya has chastised White for not paying his fighters sufficient and stated he’ll promote one other MMA present as a result of so many UFC fighters are approaching him saying they’re underpaid.

White, who has referred to as De La Hoya a “cokehead” and “Oscar De La Weirdo” in current weeks, was upset that Golden Boy put 48-year-old Chuck Liddell right into a battle on Nov. 24 towards Tito Ortiz. Liddell retired in 2010 at White’s urging after having been knocked out 3 times in a row and in 5 of his final six fights.

He got here again to battle Ortiz and was knocked out within the first spherical on a De La Hoya-promoted present final month that White stated bought round 20,000 on pay-per-view. With out offering element, De La Hoya stated it did a lot better.

That started the back-and-forth, however White took it to a different degree on Wednesday.

Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz 3 weigh-in face-off“The guy wants to act like he’s my competitor [promoting MMA],” White informed Yahoo Sports. “I’ve an actual enterprise that I’ve constructed during the last 18 years. An actual enterprise, and I can hit you with numbers for days about [how successful it is]. How a lot has Oscar De La Hoya reinvested into the game of boxing? We’ve reinvested hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars and we proceed to do it daily. The record goes on and on.

“The guy wants to come out and tell lies and say things that make no sense when he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He knows nothing about this sport. He doesn’t know the [expletive] guys’ names who are fighting on his card. He’s a liar. He’s a phony and God help anybody who wants to go fight for Golden Boy. These fighters are grown men and women. All they have to do is take one meeting with Oscar De La Hoya and they’ll see what he knows about MMA, which is absolutely [expletive] nothing.”

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De La Hoya and Ortiz each declined remark when reached by Yahoo Sports. Yahoo Sports additionally made a number of efforts to succeed in Liddell however he was unable to remark.

De La Hoya was on “First Take” on Tuesday to advertise middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez’s bout on Saturday at Madison Sq. Backyard for an excellent middleweight title towards Rocky Fielding.

He then stated fighters have been coming as much as him and complaining about their pay, which prompted him to advertise Liddell-Ortiz III. The bout was closely criticized due to Liddell’s age, inactivity and lengthy historical past of being knocked out.

“First of all, what I said [was] not about [White] personally,” De La Hoya stated on “First Take” on Tuesday. “[It was] just about the business [and] about how fighters are coming up to me and saying, ‘Look, we don’t get paid enough. The UFC just sold for $4 billion, we’re here struggling trying to make ends meet [and] fighting in a world title fight that does a million homes and I only get paid $50,000.’”

White categorically denied that assertion and stated there has by no means been a UFC championship battle that bought 1 million or extra on pay-per-view the place a fighter made simply $50,000.

White was notably incensed at feedback De La Hoya made about how a lot the UFC paid Ortiz and Liddell for his or her UFC fights.

White stated that starting with UFC 52 on April 16, 2005, when Liddell knocked out Randy Couture to win the sunshine heavyweight title, Liddell by no means made lower than $1 million in a UFC battle. Together with UFC 52, he fought 11 occasions for the UFC from that time ahead.

White stated that in Liddell’s remaining three UFC fights — knockout losses to Rashad Evans in 2008, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in 2009 and Wealthy Franklin in 2010 — he made a minimal of $2.7 million every struggle. Ortiz, in accordance with White, averaged $1.7 million for his final three fights, losses to Rashad Evans, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Forrest Griffin.

White added that the UFC has paid Liddell yearly since he retired, making wage, look charge and royalty funds regardless of the very fact his final UFC struggle was June 12, 2010.

In accordance with White, Liddell made $2,742,716 from the UFC from 2011 via at present, a interval when he didn’t struggle for the corporate. By yr, he made $391,115 in 2011; $409,479 in 2012; $360,362 in 2013; $358,501 in 2014; $368,284 in 2015; $421,836 in 2016; $418,562 in 2017 and $14,577 this yr. White stated the UFC didn’t pay Liddell a wage this yr, solely look and royalty cash.

De La Hoya “said, ‘Chuck Liddell made $200,000 when he fought Tito Ortiz and that pay-per-view did 1.5 million homes. Who kept the rest of the money?’” White stated. “Properly, let me set the document straight. UFC 47 was on April 2, 2004, and that was the primary time Chuck and Tito fought. That pay-per-view did 106,000 buys. At UFC 66, on Dec. 30, 2006, once they fought for the second time, it did 929,000 buys.

“When Chuck fought the second time, he made $2.882 million and Tito made $2.081 million. Those are the facts, so Oscar is lying again.”

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White stated that since 2001 when he turned a part of the UFC’s possession, the corporate has promoted 9 exhibits that did 1 million or extra pay-per-view gross sales. He stated the whole athlete compensation for these fights was $133 million. Breaking it down, $84 million went to essential occasion fighters; $27.four million to co-main occasion fighters and $21.6 million for the remainder of the fighters on these playing cards.

California State Athletic Fee data present Liddell made $250,000 and Ortiz $200,000 for the Nov. 24 bout promoted by De La Hoya. In an interview with TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter, De La Hoya implied they made rather more, telling Bronsteter that the digital gross sales have been far greater than the linear (tv) gross sales.

For almost each promoter, digital gross sales are nonetheless a small fraction of the linear gross sales. On the UFC’s largest pay-per-view ever, UFC 229 on Oct. 6 that includes Khabib Nurmagomedov’s and Conor McGregor’s light-weight title battle which bought over 2.four million on pay-per-view, White stated the digital gross sales have been barely lower than 30 % of the linear gross sales.

White additionally made an impassioned level of noting that Gleison Tibau fought for the UFC in June and for De La Hoya in November. Tibau was contracted to make $50,000 to point out and one other $50,000 to win for a June 1 UFC bout in Utica, New York, towards Desmond Inexperienced. Tibau misplaced, so he made $50,000. Tibau was contracted to make $10,000 to point out and one other $10,000 if he gained on De La Hoya’s present. He gained so he made $20,000 by beating Efrain Escudero on Nov. 24.

“He says he pays more and that fighters should go with him [because of it],” White stated. “Tibau wasn’t going to sell tickets or pay-per-views, and I paid him 50 and 50 and [De La Hoya] paid 10 and 10. It doesn’t matter if he won or lost. It’s what he had the opportunity to make. That’s apples to apples.”

White and Liddell are long-time buddies and White is Liddell’s former supervisor. White stated Liddell informed him, “This was the most unprofessional and disorganized group of people I ever worked with. I guess I was spoiled because I was with the UFC for most of my career and got used to how it was done over there.”

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