During his post-match interview following the main event of UFC Vegas 34, winning fighter Jared Cannonier declared he can’t afford to take time away from the Octagon because he’s “broke.”
The blunt comment from one of the sport’s top-ranked fighters sparked widespread criticism directed at the UFC, which notoriously underpays its athletes. Podcaster and former ESPN host Dan Le Batard revisited the topic during his Monday show, after being dismissed by UFC president Dana White last year over the issue.
“He didn’t even say it with bitterness,” Le Batard said of Cannonier’s “I’m broke” declaration. “It’s been happening more and more,” he continued, noting UFC fighters are frequently stating they don’t have money despite winning.
“It’s not with bitterness,