De La Hoya: Golden Boy MMA Not A One-Off

Last week, the showdown between Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell was made official for November 24th in Los Angeles.

The preparation for the first event under the Golden Boy MMA banner is well underway, as this week Golden Boy president Eric Gomez told FIGHT SPORTS that they are looking at talent and an official MMA Matchmaker will be announced prior to fight night.

On the operations end, Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN top fighters will get a percentage of every revenue source from fight night.

“[Fighters getting low pay] makes me sick to my stomach. [I want] to make sure the fighters are treated fairly, making sure they have an outlet to make as much money as possible, and to find the next superstars in the sport,” De La Hoya told ESPN.

“[Liddell and Ortiz] are going to make the most money they have made in their careers. I know that as a fact. It’s a big game-changer for both guys. What fighter in the UFC can say that, other than maybe Conor McGregor? I do have to say in the beginning I did criticize MMA. The truth of the matter is I did feel threatened. The fact that MMA has grown so much, the fact that that the UFC has taken over, I felt a little threatened.

“It was my mistake to attack the MMA world, but I respect it like there’s no tomorrow. These fighters are in there risking their lives and I strongly feel they deserve the best compensation they can get a hold of. I strongly feel this will not be a one-off. There’s a lot of room for growth in this sport and I’m just another player in the ballgame. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

Initial Report: ESPN

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