Jake Paul: Raising Awareness & Taking Action Against Fighter Wage Disparity
Jake Paul is backing up his words with action. Recently, he has been outspoken about fighters needing to be paid more for putting their bodies on the line. Even more disheartening, Women fighters reportedly earn significantly less and often have to look for supplemental income. Paul has begun to take actions to avocate for change
Champion For Ending Fighter Wage Disparity and advocating for Fighter Wage Increases
In June, Paul donated $5,000 to a GoFundMe that UFC women’s flyweight Sarah Alpar set up to cover the training costs for her Sept. 18 bout.
Paul then tweeted his displeasure with the UFC’s pay structure, calling out UFC president Dana White below.
“SMH … Imagine a rookie in the NBA had to start a GoFundMe to play,” Jake Paul wrote. “I let Sarah @TOOSWEET_Alpar know she has my support and contribution. It’s my honor and privilege to help fellow fighters in any way I can.”
Putting His Money Where His Mouth Is
Then, Jake Paul decided to make less in his fight so others could be paid more. By taking less, everyone on his card will make more. Say what you will about the Paul brothers but he is actually doing something about the pay disparity, stunt or not. If nothing else, he is most certainly raising awareness and sparking a conversation about it. That is the best example of using your platform to help others.
“I’m not just saying it; I’m actually doing it,”
Jake Paul further explained his actions.
“That’s taking money out of my pocket to give all boxers on the card the biggest payday of their lives.”
That’s using your platform for good. Let’s hope by Paul bringing attention to a big problem in the fighting world, changes will be trickling down to this cause.