As president of the UFC, Dana White has done wonders for MMA, but what does he actually get paid?
In recent years, former UFC fighters like Demetrius Johnson and Frances Ngannou have been very vocal in their criticisms of the organizations pay structure. These criticisms have led fans to openly wonder about the organization's president, Dana White.
Many fans have asked how much he gets paid and what is his net worth? While the salaries of CEOs in any industry are often controversial topics to discuss, the subject is more touchy when the workforce has publicly complained.
According to The Success Bug, Dana White's current contract as president of The UFC pays him approximately $20 million per year. During his tenure as the head of the organization, the company has seen exponential growth in exposure and popularity.
What was once seen as "barbaric" by casual observers is now recognized as a disciplined sport, complete with a governing body in all 50 U.S. States, as well as an international fanbase.
Due to the successful maneuvers that White has executed on behalf of the organization over the years, it is hard to begrudge him his salary.
He has taken an organization that many believed would go bankrupt and fold, and turned it into a relevant entity that will carry on long after his eventual retirement. As the organization has grown, so has Dana White's monetary stature; he now has a net worth of $500 million dollars.
While some may bulk at the idea of the president of an organization being worth half a billion dollars, it must be noted that White joined The UFC when it was not nearly as lucrative as it is today. He's had everything to do with the organization's success and is now enjoying the fruits of his labor. It is very difficult to argue with that.
Dana White's pay compared to that of UFC fighter's is often criticized
Over the past few years, one of the hot topics in the world of combat sports has been the difference between the pay that professional boxers receive in comparison to the salaries earned by mixed martial artists. Casual fans are often under the impression that being a professional fighter is glamorous and everyone is paid well.
In actuality, the majority of professional fighters, no matter which specialty they choose, have to maintain regular jobs to make a livable wage. Their earnings from inside the Octagon are not enough to get by.
In the interest of fairness, it must be stated that professional boxing has been around for over 100 years, while the most renowned mixed martial arts organization in the world, The UFC, just celebrated its 30th anniversary.
This means that boxing has had an incredible head start in building it's fanbase and growing it's audience. Therefore, there are more revenue streams surrounding boxing that generate income for those involved.