There may be one main distinction between WWE chairman Vince McMahon and UFC president Dana White in line with CM Punk.
Punk is likely one of the few to have labored underneath each promoters together with names comparable to Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey. Each organizations have additionally acquired main criticism over athlete pay in addition to the shortage of unionization efforts.
And whereas Punk definitely believes fighters should be paid extra, he additionally believes White goes out of his method way more to assist his roster than McMahon.
“I feel there’s ranges to it,” Punk said on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette when requested to match the 2. “Clearly you may draw that they’re each proper wing, the phrase I’ll use is weirdo, as a result of clearly they vote based mostly on what’s good for his or her pocketbook.
“If I actually needed to examine and distinction, I might say Dana is extra beneficiant. Dana does numerous stuff for the fighters behind the scenes. I feel there’s numerous locker room cash that folks don’t find out about and he will get numerous flak for [not paying fighters enough]. That being stated, I do additionally assume fighters must receives a commission an entire hell of much more.
“However numerous that point when he lashes out when individuals are complaining about pay and unionization, it’s as a result of he is aware of, ‘hey, I simply gave that man $250,000 underneath the desk’ however you may’t speak about it. However he ought to nonetheless pay folks extra and fighters must get collectively and unionize anyway.”
Locker room bonuses are a typical function inside the UFC regardless of some observers beforehand stating in any other case.
Former UFC featherweight Myles Jury revealed he even earned one in his promotional debut whereas Daniel Cormier not too long ago said that he earned a locker room bonus of $1 million after his defeat to Jon Jones again in 2015.
— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) August 31, 2020
However as Punk said, fighters ought to nonetheless be paid much more. Particularly when one considers the roster was solely paid 16% of the revenue the UFC made in 2019.
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