“That event probably did $80M in revenue” – Jake Paul urges fighters to ‘WAKE UP’ as Conor McGregor’s rival reveals getting only $200K to fight on massive PPV

Following Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson's claims, Jake Paul once again reacts to low UFC fighter salaries and such pitfalls.


“That event probably did $80M in revenue” – Jake Paul urges fighters to ‘WAKE UP’ as Conor McGregor’s rival reveals getting only $200K to fight on massive PPV

Jake Paul calls foul on Conor McGregor's opponents making subtantially less during major career run events (Source: Instagram)

Donald Cerrone didn’t make millions for the biggest face-off of his career run, and Jake Paul wants to know why. One can bet ‘The Problem Child’ would contest the notion and be up to no good. Paul, the influencer-boxer, has often ripped Dana White and Co., demanding a $50,000 base salary for fighters. But to no avail. The latest hiccup comes from ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone going up against Conor McGregor for the latter’s comeback fight.

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Nearly everyone contractually signed with the company broadcasts what happens behind the scenes. In a recent sitdown with the Rodeo Time podcast, Cerrone snubbed the notion of a massive payday against Conor McGregor. Cerrone faced the former 2-division champ years ago, calling out the UFC 246 wage disparity, here’s what Paul wrote, taking to X –

Fighters need to wake up. Cowboy is a legend. Put in years and years of work. Massive name & veteran for MMA. That event probably did $80M in revenue.
Jake Paul via X

Donald Cerrone revealing earning a total of $10 million in 11 years during his HOF induction had sent fans into a frenzy. This is surprising, as UFC listings have McGregor’s bouts as the top 10 PPV buyouts, granting him PPV king status. Speaking on the ‘JAXXON‘ Podcast, even contract-bound veteran, Tony Ferguson unapologetically sounded off what Paul worded and added to the context.

Verbatim, he “not giving a sh*t” what White wanted, even demanded a crossover boxing stint with Paul. Cerrone though, is not quite as vocal. Recently he even wanted to try his luck on Dana White’s bull, ‘Twisted Steel’, which made a PBR debut on Oct. 20-22 during UFC 294. With such indulgences, Paul has often squabbled with the management to pay fighters more.

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Jake Paul stresses the need for fair compensation within the UFC

Influencer-turned-boxer, Jake Paul recently sounded off on UFC yet again. This was regarding Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone’s meager pay against Irish superstar, Conor McGregor. ‘The Notorious’ himself claimed he would make at least $80 million for the hash, which he won via a knockout.

This is somewhat shocking as ‘The Notorious’ himself has risen to be one of the richest UFC fighters in history. And one of the top-paid athletes of all time.

Notwithstanding the case of Donald Cerrone, Jake Paul has advocated for better fighter pay many times
Notwithstanding the case of Donald Cerrone, Jake Paul has advocated for better fighter pay many times (Source: Twitter/IMAGO)

Consequently, though, this isn’t the first time that Paul has gone up against UFC’s top honcho and helm of the brass, Dana White. As a guest on George Janko‘s podcast, Paul said –

If the UFC raised the minimum fighter payment to $50,000 a year...not only would it improve the sport because you'd have more people in gyms more often, but the lower-level fighters would want to strive to be greater because they could focus only on that.
Jake Paul via George Janko‘s podcast

Dana White often puts forward that influencer and crossover boxing sells no fights, and calls out the likes of Jake Paul on it. But Paul is adamant about promoting his cause. From baiting former middleweight champ, Sean Strickland into sparring for a $1,000,000 fight purse to maintaining an acquaintance and becoming an unofficial patron to boxer Amanda Serrano; he does it all.

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Paul has frequently touted his boxing bouts with former UFC stars, Anderson Silva, Tyron Woodley, and Ben Askren as massively lucrative ventures. He has even put forward offers of fighting Conor McGregor himself for gargantuan fight purses.

Time and again, Paul has even concurrently advocated the cause of Ex-UFC champion, Francis Ngannou fighting current heavyweight G.O.A.Ts of the promotion in a profitable crossover venture. But more often than not, his propositions go out as blank shots.

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