Legendary cutman Jacob ‘Sew’ Duran claims UFC fighters are ‘getting screwed’ by boss Dana White and never paid a far wage.
Famend for his work within the worlds of each MMA and boxing, Duran has helped patch up Tyson Fury, Jake Paul, KSI and even Hollywood star Michael B Jordan throughout his stint in Hollywood.
The enduring cutman left the UFC in the summertime of 2015 in considerably acrimonious circumstances after talking out in opposition to inequalities surrounding fighter pay.
In 2014, the UFC signed an unique six-year take care of Reebok, with the promise of $70million (£51m) set to be shared among the many fighters.
But whereas the deal provided fighters some stage of compensation, it provided no such factor for cutmen, who had been additionally topic to the identical restrictions of not having the ability to carry sponsors’ logos.
With a world heavyweight title battle between Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones reportedly collapsing because of a scarcity of funds made out there to ‘Bones’, it seems historical past could also be repeating itself.
The aforementioned youthful Paul brother has additionally publicly slated the promotion’s president, White, and demanded he pay fighters what they’re price.
And Duran advised MyBettingSites he believes the organisation should do higher.
He mentioned: “The UFC referred to as us collectively, met with us and purchased us lunch they usually advised us that due to the Reebok deal you couldn’t use any extra sponsors. I used to be making more cash from sponsors than what the UFC was paying me.
“Once they took the sponsors away, I attempted to barter for not less than a rise in pay and I used to be advised there’s no cash within the kitty. I couldn’t stick with them anyway and that was after I spoke out.
“The folks knew that we received paid extra to work a boxing present than an entire occasion with the UFC. As a matter of reality, one in all Dana’s proper hand folks talked about, ‘We all know we don’t pay you guys sufficient.’
“And none of that has modified. It’s fairly disappointing. These guys must receives a commission extra.
“The [UFC] fighters don’t receives a commission what they’re price, by no means. They’re getting screwed. And that’s one advantage of these YouTubers, Ben Askren received paid $500,000 for that Paul battle.
“I bear in mind Dana after we first began saying, ‘As we generate profits, you generate profits.’ Nevertheless it looks like they’re making the cash however not passing on the advantages created by the UFC.
“They’d must pay me some huge cash [if I were to return],” he added. “It relies upon. I do know I’d convey loads of worth again.
“What number of years has it been, six? Folks nonetheless cease me for interviews. It sort of makes me the face of the riot, the man who spoke up.
“A few months in the past I used to be doing one of many High Rank exhibits within the bubble on the MGM and Luiz Dórea – who used to coach Anderson Silva – he comes as much as me and he says: ‘Sew, we the coaches, the fighters we respect you numerous since you spoke up after we couldn’t.’
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Even Wesley Snipes comes as much as me and says: ‘Hey man, the UFC did you unsuitable.’ I’m glad I spoke up for unfair practices.
“I bumped into one of many UFC cutmen the opposite day and he was telling me they had been nonetheless getting paid peanuts. and to me that’s a disgrace.
“It’s fairly disappointing and I may nearly assure you the ring women receives a commission greater than the cutmen and the cutmen are an important folks within the fights, particularly in MMA.
“So I’m glad I left and issues must change if I got here again.”