Sarah Alpar started a GoFundMe in an effort to help pay for her camp expenses ahead of her UFC fight and had an unexpected donation.
In particular, Jake Paul, the YouTube-star-turned-boxer acknowledged her efforts and offered to lend a helping hand to the 9-5 UFC bantamweight fighter. Recently, Paul has become a strong advocate for fighter pay. In fact, his bombastic behavior painted him as a villain at first, but now he is looking like a hero, especially after Paul donated $5000 to Alpar’s GoFundMe page.
Responding to a report from MMA News, Jake Paul shook up the world on social media upon making a point about other professional sporting leagues.
“SMH… Imagine a rookie in the NBA had to start a GoFundMe to play.. I let Sarah @TOOSWEET_Alparknow she has my support and contribution It’s my honor and privilege to help fellow fighters in anyway I can” Jake Paul posted.
After Donating To Sarah Alpar, Jake Paul Is The New Crusader For Fighter Pay
With definite questions about fighter pay, it seems fighters are starting to take proactive measures to combat the company that some deem as a monopoly. For instance, many believe that the heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou followed suit with Jon Jones and is holding out on fighting in the hopes to receive a bigger paycheck once they make their anticipated returns.
“so happy to see Sarah hit her goal @TOOSWEET_Alpar” Paul posted.
Since fighter pay is such a hot-button issue, many fighters struggle to let their voices be heard. As we have seen in the past with fighters like Kajan Johnson and Leslie Smith trying to mount a union, things definitely didn’t work out as both were cut from the UFC over time.
Jake Paul is doing the entire world of combat sports a huge favor by getting the wheels turning on this nuanced discussion. Even though at face value it seems like a positive publicity move, it was more than that.
Paul is a savvy businessman and knows exactly how to attract audiences. After his donation of $5000, Triller reportedly made a $25,000 donation which put Alpar over the hump in terms of the financial goal she initially set for her GoFundMe.
In the end, Paul’s generosity may go down in history as one of the most impactful moments in the long battle of combat athletes addressing lackluster pay.
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