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Oscar De La Hoya on MMA fighter pay: ‘It gets me sick to my stomach’

Six-division world boxing champion and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya weighs in on the current pay scale of MMA fighters.

A huge chunk of MMA fighters, most of which who are signed under the UFC, have been dissatisfied with how they are being compensated. These complaints are shared by both top-tier fighters and those at the lower end of the totem pole.

However, those who are new to the game of MMA promotion such as Golden Boy Promotions is planning to change that.

“I’m really looking forward to getting into the MMA world and making sure that these fighters are being compensated well,” De La Hoya told Fight Hub TV. “Because look, we risk our lives up in the ring. So fighters should be compensated extremely well.”

De La Hoya went on to express his disgust towards the current pay scale of MMA fighters.

“The current structure is terrible,” De La Hoya said. “I’ve been talking to many, many fighters in the MMA, and it’s ridiculous on what they get paid. It’s crazy. It gets me sick to my stomach.”

“I’m gonna start Golden Boy MMA for a reason, and that’s gonna start with Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz to pay them correctly. To pay them what they deserve.”

When asked when he intends to hold the third fight between Liddell and Oritz which will be live on pay-per-view, De La Hoya says he is targeting the weekend of November 25th, and has applied to hold an event at The Forum in Inglewood, California.