UFC president Dana White has faced a wave of criticism over his fighter compensation in connection with his controversial new Power Slap League.
The MMA heavyweights recently caused controversy when they announced they would promote slap fights, a relatively new sport in which two competitors take turns slapping each other in the face, with no obvious means of defense.
Power Slap debuted with an initially quiet response before a video of the event went viral, and several high-profile figures began publicly criticizing the organization.
Former UFC fighter Eric Spiesley added fuel to the fire when he revealed on social media how much competing fighters were making in White’s new promotion.
The 36-year-old confirmed he had an offer of $2,000 (£1,624) to join, and would make an additional $2,000 if he could win his first match.
With this, Powerslap showed a woman rolling around on the floor after being knocked out, and a man jerking on the canvas after a severe blow to the face that led White to claim he would win. After the video, I came to face even more criticism. Sports move forward more safely.
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One Instagram user mocked the promotion’s branding and reward structure, commenting:
The UFC boss fired back at the person, pointing out how this would start a new sport, and claiming that people fighting the boxing card still make similar money today.
White replied: “The boxing undercard still makes this kind of money. Educate yourself before opening YAP.”
The 53-year-old is facing a tough start to the year after he was caught on camera slapping his wife in a nightclub in Mexico on New Year’s Eve.
White has apologized for his actions, but has faced calls for him to be removed from his leadership role in the UFC and has yet to publicly comment on his actions.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has also left the company after his long and lengthy contract extension talks proved fruitless.
White tried to downplay the fact that he lost one of the roster’s biggest stars by booking a heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Cyril Gaine at UFC 285 on March 4. .
But it was still a bitter blow for White and his company, who had just lost Nate Diaz.