UFC president Dana White has proudly stated that none of his employees have been laid off due to the coronavirus outbreak but that might change in wake of a series of cutbacks revealed on Wednesday.
Endeavor — the UFC’s primary owner — sent a letter to employees notifying them of layoffs and cutbacks in the wake of the current pandemic that continues to cripple businesses across the globe.
As first reported by Deadline, Endeavor will lay off 250 employees, primarily from operational roles from staff who cannot perform their jobs at home. The employees being laid off include staffs at hotels and restaurants owned by Endeavor as well as a smaller number of layoffs at the WME talent agency. Pay cuts are also being evaluated for all remaining employees.
Endeavor co-CEO Ari Emanuel notified employees of the changes being made in a letter sent out on Wednesday. Emanuel added that he and co-CEO Patrick Whitesell will not take a salary in 2020.