Evander Holyfield praised former President Donald Trump, saying he’s excited he’ll be commentating his Triller fight against Vitor Belfort on Saturday. He said, “When Atlantic City became real big, it’s because Donald Trump was running boxing. He did a great job, and I’m honored to know that he would come here and be part of the commentary.” Donald Trump’s paycheck for Hollyfield fight was also leaked recently.
Randy Couture recently spoke to Chris Van Vliet, where he claimed that the Paul brothers were correct in addressing the issues with UFC fighters being underpaid.
I’m not a fan of all the antics and rhetoric from the Paul brothers. But they are doing something that’s poking Dana White and shining a light on the disparaging difference between fighter pay in MMA versus boxing. There’s no transparency in MMA. How are you supposed to negotiate your fair value in the market place if nobody knows how much money is being made. That transparency is there in boxing because of the (Muhammad) Ali act that was implemented in 1996 to protect boxers from promoters like (Bob) Arum and Don King, who were taking advantage of the boxing world.”
We don’t enjoy those luxuries, protections from that federal legislation in MMA. When blobbing hard to try and get that to a vote in Congress and then on the Senate floor, obviously, with the relationship between Donald Trump and Dana White, it was very difficult to get it done during that administration. But we’re not having much success now either because the UFC has still got lobbyists working against us. They are doing their due dilligence to keep this from getting to a vote because if anybody really looks at the situation, it’s a no-brainer.”