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UFC president Dana White confirmed that the six fighters who had been concerned in last-minute cancellations at UFC Vegas 5 is not going to be paid their present cash.

A deliberate gentle heavyweight bout between Ed Herman and Gerald Meerschaert was canceled earlier within the day on Saturday after Meerschaert examined optimistic for COVID-19. In a while within the night time, a middleweight bout between Kevin Holland and Trevin Giles was scrapped after Giles fainted backstage whereas strolling to the Octagon.

Moreover, a catchweight (195lbs) bout between Markus Perez and Charles Ontiveros was scrapped on the weigh-ins on Friday after the fee nixed the bout. Ontiveros by no means made it to the dimensions, however Perez weighed in.

Usually, when a fighter steps onto the dimensions and makes weight, the UFC pays them at the very least their present cash. For instance, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza made weight for his middleweight bout towards Uriah Corridor at UFC 249. He examined optimistic for COVID-19 and his combat was scrapped, however White paid him his present cash since he weighed in.

Nevertheless, it seems as if White is singing a special tune for this occasion. Chatting with the media following UFC Vegas 5, White confirmed that whereas the fighters who misplaced their bouts as a result of last-minute cancelations will get “some” cash, they won’t get their full present cash regardless of all of the fighters (other than Ontiveros) making weight.

Dana White: Fighters that didn’t combat tonight as a result of cancelations obtained paid ‘some cash,’ however not present cash.

It’s a transfer that’s already being panned by followers and reporters over social media, and it’s a transfer that’s positive to attract the ire of the fighters who had been set to combat. For somebody like Herman, a 14-year veteran of the UFC, it’s not his fault that Meerschaert examined optimistic for COVID-19. For him to coach for this combat, fly to Las Vegas, after which have his combat worn out on the final second solely to not get present cash, it’s a horrible look.

White has bragged that 2020 has been among the best years the UFC as an organization has had, so for him to not pay his fighters at the very least their present cash after they confirmed and made weight is a transfer that’s sure to attract loads of criticism, and for good purpose.

Do you suppose Dana White ought to have paid these fighters their present cash?

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