‘Nobody got laid off, no salaries were cut, every contract was honoured’: Dana White praises UFC’s resolve to continue during Covid-19 pandemic as he reveals fighters would have lost a combined £150m if they’d shut down
- Dana White sung praises of UFC for operating during the Covid-19 pandemic
- He claimed that fighters would have lost a combined £150million if they stopped
- The UFC president revealed that no salaries were cut despite uncertain times
Dana White has sung the praises of the UFC for continuing to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The UFC president, who did everything in his power to ensure UFC 249 went ahead as one of the first sporting events after the world was struck down by the pandemic back in March, also claimed that fighters would have lost a combined £150million if the organisation had not made a switch return to the octagon.
White oversaw the birth of UFC’s Fight Island which was introduced as the safest possible venue for fights to be held at as the globe was gripped by the killer virus.
Dana White sung the praises of UFC for continuing to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic
The UFC president also claimed fighters would have lost a combined £150m if they stopped
And he expressed his delight with the UFC’s resolve during the tough year and revealed that no salaries were cut despite the uncertain times.
‘Nobody got laid off, no salaries were cut. And then when you look at the fighters, every fighter contract was honoured,’ White told BT Sport.
‘Quitting is never the solution. I was blown away by how many people were willing to just quit. Fascinating to me.’
‘If I decide to forget it, we’re not gonna go, we’re just gonna sit this thing out like all these other businesses did, you’re talking, I’d have had to lay off probably 50-percent or more of my staff.
White oversaw birth of UFC’s Fight Island which was introduced as the safest possible venue
‘You’d have cut all the executive salaries in half… or more. You’re talking almost $200 million that wouldn’t have been paid to fighters, and the list goes on and on.’
The 51-year-old also said he is ‘confident’ he can convince Khabib Nurmagomedov to come out of retirement and return to the Octagon.
White claims Khabib could return to competition to achieve 30-0 despite promising his mother her would retire after his third title defence against Justin Gaethje in October at UFC 254.
Dana White is ‘confident’ he can convince Khabib Nurmagomedov to come out of retirement
The lightweight champion announced he was retiring after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254
White is set to meet with Nurmagomedov in January to discuss his potential retirement U-turn and claims that the Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier fight will not be for an interim title.
White said: ‘I think his dad wanting him to get to 30-0 is in the back of his mind and he wants to achieve that because he knew his father wanted it.
‘But we’ll see. He and I are going to get together next month and talk.
‘He might not, maybe he won’t fight. I don’t know the answer to that. But I’m a little confident I can talk him into it.’
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