Dana White: The UFC has made Millionaires out of 40-plus fightersPosted on November 7, 2011, 03:30 PM by Joey Santosus
Following last weekend's event in Birmingham, England, UFC President Dana White addressed the recent remarks made by Nick Diaz regarding the lack of money available for competitors in mixed martial arts. White admits that the promotion didn't begin turning a profit until 2006, but says in the time since the UFC has made millionaires out of more than 40 of it's fighters. Photo: Scott Hirano
"Believe me, guys make money in this sport. The stuff that Nick Diaz says is crazy. ... There are guys that make lots of money, guys that make good money, and guys that are working their way up. Believe me, nobody wants to be paying guys boxing kind of money more than I do. From 2001-2006, we were almost $50 million in the hole. Over that time, not one fighter ever got paid late, no check bounced, no employee at Zuffa, ever. The Fertitta brothers funded this thing for that long. In 2006 we started turning a profit. From 2006-2011, I can't remember what the number is, but it's like 40-something millionaires. 40-something millionaires, 20-something multi, multimillionaires and the list goes on and on. That's from 2006-2011."