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Colby Covington Says UFC Fighters Have It Way Worse Than WWE Talent

April 5, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Colby Covington

Colby Covington spoke with Submission Radio about John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight piece on WWE, saying they have it better than UFC fighters. Covington told the show (via Wrestling Inc about the segment, which detailed WWE’s treatment of its talent as independent contractors and the issues that come with that. Some highlights from Covington are below:

On how WWE treats its talent compared to the UFC: “You can’t even compare the two. I mean, WWE, they’re not making $10,000 pay checks, those guys are getting paid, man. They’re all making at least $500k plus a year minimum. Most of them are making multi-millions a year, with their t-shirt deals they’re making even more. And I’m pretty sure all those guys get health insurance and retirement benefits. We don’t get none of that sh** in the UFC, we don’t get no healthcare unless we’re fighting. Last time I was in training camp and I broke my hand, I had to pay for that out of pocket. Like, that wouldn’t happen in the WWE. So, they don’t even compare. There’s no parallel to it, man. The UFC, we get paid like dog sh**. It’s pennies over here, and he has no idea, man. If he came and looked into the books and really did some research into the UFC man, there’s no parallel, everyone’s getting taken advantage of in the UFC.”

On being willing to talk to John Oliver about the UFC’s treatment of its talent: “Yeah, for sure man. I’m the right guy for it. Like, obviously I speak my mind and I say how I feel, and I’m also not scared of losing my job, man. Some of these guys, they’re so scared to lose their job. Obviously, I stood up to the UFC brass, I stood up to Dana White. I didn’t give a f***, dude. I was willing to lose my job. So yeah, definitely I’ll speak to the guy and speak truth. And if fans are starting to come around and start to like me more, they’re starting to see all the truth I speak and how I speak stuff into existence and how I believe in the power of manifestation. You know, the people can get behind that because I’m real. I definitely would love to talk to him.”