UFC 274: Gaethje, Ferguson Campaign for Fighter Insurance, Bigger Bonuses

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More than conscionable warring was connected Tony Ferguson’s caput during Thursday’s UFC 274 pre-fight property conference.

A raucous assemblage successful Phoenix greeted “El Cucuy,” who was reminded by 1 newsman that during his past combat week, he’d successfully campaigned Dana White to boost the post-fight bonuses for UFC 262. The bump, to $75,000 from the accustomed 50K, was a one-night lone deal.

Asked if he’d marque a akin petition this clip out, Ferguson suggested thing else.

“I’d accidental let’s get immoderate security for these fighters. Let’s rise the tier up,” helium excalimed. “When they did the Reebok [outfitting] deal, they had tiers, truthful however galore fights you had wrong the octagon. I accidental we bash the aforesaid thing. We each person families, we each person to enactment our systems, let’s bash that sh*t man. Dana’s not here, but insurance.”

UFC President Dana White was not contiguous during Thursday’s presser. Headliner Justin Gaethje, a erstwhile hostile of Ferguson, of people was, and helium chimed successful arsenic well. “I privation bigger bonuses, bigger bonuses for sure. And wellness insurance,” Gaethje added.

Ferguson was steadfast connected the security idea, however, retorting “I’m a grown-ass man, I person to look [out for] my family, truthful security is chill for me.”

Insurance benefits for UFC athletes person agelong been mulled, but arsenic autarkic contractors without a fighters union, the chances of it happening are slim. White had teased past year that semipermanent wellness benefits for fighters was a possibility, but walked those comments backmost soon after.