Whittaker backs Jake Paul demand of Dana White for better healthcare

Robert Whittaker backs Jake Paul’s demands of Dana White and ‘would love’ better long-term healthcare… but ex-UFC champion admits ‘all the chips are in the company’s playing field’

  • Robert Whittaker will fight Israel Adesanya for the second time on February 12
  • Australian ex-champion has weighed in on Jake Paul’s call for UFC improvements
  • YouTuber-turned-boxer told Dana White to raise pay and offer more healthcare 
  • Whittaker said: ‘I would love that long-term post-fighting career security’

Robert Whittaker has thrown his support behind Jake Paul’s call for the UFC to raise fighter pay and increase long-term healthcare. 

Paul, who has been involved in a verbal back-and-forth with Dana White, said he will retire from boxing and fight Jorge Masvidal in the cage if his demands are accepted. 

He told White to increase fighter pay to a minimum of $50,000-per-fight, up from $12,000, wanted fighters to be guaranteed 50 per cent of annual UFC revenues and offer healthcare to competitors struggling with the after-affects of a career in the octagon once they’re no longer under contract. 

Robert Whittaker (left) agrees with Jake Paul’s call for better healthcare for UFC fighters

Paul has promised to retire from boxing if Dana White agrees to a number of stipulations

Paul has demanded that UFC fighters get a bigger slice of the pie and are given healthcare

Paul then wrote: ‘You have 5 days to accept and to implement the above by March 31, 2022. Once implemented I will immediately retire from boxing, enter USADA and agree to a 1 fight deal with UFC to fight weak chin Jorge.

‘To all UFC fighter – time to take a stand and create value for yourselves and your peers. 

‘You deserve higher pay, you deserve long term health and above all you deserve freedom. 

‘Support each other. I am not your enemy. I am your advocate…who selfishly wants to KO a few of you to make some big bank.’

And Whittaker, who will be back in action at UFC 271 against Israel Adesanya, told the Mirror: ‘It’s hard to say, all the chips are in the company’s playing field. I would certainly love some healthcare.

‘I would love that long term post-fighting career security and I’m sure every fighter would. I would like different things to change.’

Paul has raised his profile on the back of beating former UFC fighters in boxing matches. He KO’d Ben Askren and did the same to Tyron Woodley in their rematch. 

The entertainer called out current UFC stars Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal but it is highly unlikely that White will release either for a lucrative clash in the squared circle. 

Whittaker does not buy into the feud between White and Paul, adding: ‘I’m sure they’re just using each other’s names to bounce things around.

‘It’s all looking for paydays and it’s all looking for money, at the end of the day that’s what’s moving the pieces of Dana and Jake Paul, I imagine.’

The Australian beat Darren Till on his run back to a title shot against the champion  

Whittaker’s main focus will of course be on his huge rematch with Adesanya next month. 

The Antipodean rivalry was settled in Adesanya’s favour the first time they met, with ‘Stylebender’ winning the middleweight belt by KO. 

Since then, Whittaker has beaten Darren Till, Kelvin Gastelum and Jared Cannonier to earn himself another shot at the big prize.  

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