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‘Pay your fighters’: Jake Paul takes aim over UFC pay packets as feud with promotion president Dana White escalates

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YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul has upped the ante in his feud with UFC president Dana White, saying that he earned more in his one round fight with Ben Askren than the vast majority of UFC fighters.

Paul’s fledgling boxing career continued earlier this month when he earned a quick KO against MMA veteran Askren but the social media star’s developing rivalry with UFC boss White looks set to escalate further after Paul attended Saturday’s UFC 261 card in Jacksonville, Florida.

Paul, who had a confrontation with ex-UFC champ Daniel Cormier at the event, was issued with some measured praise from White in his post-fight press conference for his ability to generate buzz and create paydays for himself – but White was quick to list the differences between the type of fights Paul seeks and his own brand of fight promotion.

I don’t even know what to think about the [Ben] Askren thing. The whole thing is f*cking mind-boggling to me, but good for him. Grab that money while you can, kid,” White said.

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White, however, admitted that he wasn’t on board with reports that the Triller-backed bout between Paul and Askren was a lucrative one amid reports that it sold more than one million pay-per-views.

I don’t believe anything [Triller] say,” White said. “That’s a f*cking circus. None of that is real.

“Do you think any of that sh*t that’s going on over there is real? C’mon, man. I built a real business here, a real sport.”

Paul’s declared purse of $ 640,000 will likely swell considerably when his share of PPV sales are added, and the 24-year-old was quick to point out on social media that his pay for one fight was higher than the total most UFC fighters collect.

In my third fight, I made more money in total pay than any fighter in UFC history,” Paul wrote in a long social media post directed at White.

“Maybe it’s time to pay your fighters their fair share? No wonder they all want to get into boxing. Dana, you say you make the fights the fans want to see, so hurry up and make [Jon] Jones vs. [Francis] Ngannou. Pay them their fair share. $ 10 million purse for each guy plus pay-per-view.

Why are UFC fighters so underpaid versus boxers? Why did I make more in my third fight than all but two (Khabib [Nurmagomedov] and Conor [McGregor]) UFC fighters have in history? I know why.”

Paul’s criticism of White and the UFC’s pay structure comes at a time when Jones, the former longtime light heavyweight champion, is seeking a mammoth payday to take on Ngannou in what would be Jones’ heavyweight debut, with White apparently unwilling to entertain Jones’ demands – which he hinted was in the $ 30 million range.

Several other fighters have stated their dissatisfaction with UFC pay and have moved to other organizations, such as Bellator and ONE Championship, in pursuit of loftier purses.

But as Paul has proved, there are other avenues in which fighters can earn a quick buck – and, in his case at least, you don’t even have to be a high-level boxer.

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How much The Chase stars are worth thanks to big ITV pay packets

It’s the job of the Chasers to snatch cash from contestants on the ITV show.

But just how much do they themselves have in the bank?

The Chasers are in fact millionaires. Every single one of them. They’ve amassed a fortune from appearances on the popular show, as well as other TV work, their own quiz wins and – in some cases – professional careers.

We’ve done some digging on Celebrity Net Worth and this is how much each of the Chasers is reportedly worth.

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Anne Hegerty ‘The Governess’, £2.8million

Anne has been open about her sex life and relationships
Anne is one of the most popular Chasers on the show

The Governess is famed for being really good at trivia but also for her charming appearance on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the Chaser is worth a reported $ 4m (roughly £2.8 million).

Jeeny Ryan, ‘The Vixen’, £2.8million

Jenny 'The Vixen' Ryan
Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan

Even without an I’m A Celeb appearance, The Vixen is worth the same amount as The Governess.

The 39-year-old Chaser has been on TV for over a decade, appearing on Are You An Egghead in 2008 and Masterchef in 2019.

Mark Labbett, ‘The Beast’, £1.4million

Mark Labbett is better known as ‘The Beast’

55-year-old Mark, aka The Beast, is worth about $ 2 million (equivalent to £1.4m) from his extensive career in British quiz shows, including Mastermind, Brainteaser and The National Lottery People’s Quiz.

The Beast is also the only British Chaser to appear on the American version of the show.

Shaun Wallace, ‘The Dark Destroyer’, £5million

Shaun was furious that a lie about his marriage had been posted online
Shaun Wallace is a tough Chaser to beat

Before joining The Chase, The Dark Destroyer worked as a barrister, and The Daily Express reports he could be worth as much as £5 million, which would make him the richest Chaser by some chalk.

Shaun Wallace also worked as a lecturer, so let it be known this man gets his bread.

Paul Sinha, ‘The Sinnerman’, £1.4million

Paul is best known as The Sinnerman on The Chase
Paul is best known as The Sinnerman on The Chase

Speaking of The Sinnerman, the 50-year-old quiz veteran is worth about £1.4 million, according to Net Worth List.

Other reports suggest, however, that he is worth around £1 million, which for the record is still a lot of money.

The Sinnerman also works as a stand-up comedian and appears on radio and television.

Darragh Ennise, ‘The Menace’, unknown

Darragh is the newest Chaser
Darragh is the newest Chaser

Being The Chase’s most recent addition, Darragh’s net worth is currently unknown.

Darragh famously joined the Chasers after appearing on the show as a contestant, winning £9,000 from The Sinnerman.

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