Paul returns to the ring this summer in a high-profile Showtime PPV bout against former UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley. On Thursday night, Woodley and Paul had their first staredown ahead of the big battle. Following the bout, Paul grabbed the microphone and launched into an expletive-laced tirade against the UFC and their fighter pay.
“There’s a movement moving forwards that is going to show that fighters should be getting paid more. It’s unfair. The UFC fighter’s don’t have fair pay. Out of all the sports, the percentage that the owners get versus the athlete, they’re the lowest. Francis Ngannou vs. Jon Jones, that fight should happen. Dana White, pay them the $10 million. He’s taking their money. They’re the ones making the content. They’re the ones who get in the ring risking their life,” Paul said (h/t Tim Bissell of Bloody Elbow). “Chris Weidman goes in, snaps his leg in half, what’s that look like? He may never be able to fight again and provide for his family. These fighters are risking their lives. You can quite literally die in the ring and they need to be compensated more. I’m a big proponent of that movement and being in control. It’s just like music labels, the same thing, these artists are getting owned and get locked up into these shitty contracts and they don’t know what to do. So f*ck that shit. F*ck Dana White.”