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Former UFC fighter says he was offered £1600 to compete in Dana White’s slapping championship

Dominic Smithers

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Former UFC fighter says he was offered £1600 to compete in Dana White’s slapping championship

A former MMA star has claimed that he was offered to fight in the new Power Slap League for just £1,600.

Eric Spicely competed in the UFC for three years between 2016 and 2019, with a record of two wins and five defeats.

Now, with his kind of experience, specialising in martial arts and dedicating his life to training, you'd think he could expect a pretty decent offer to compete in a sport that is decidedly less impressive. Right?

Well, it would appear not.

For those of you who don't know, the PSL is a new organisation that's been set up by UFC boss Dana White.

The basic premise is two people standing on a stage and taking it in turns to slap the s**t out of one another.

Eric Spicely says he was asked to compete in the Power Slap League. Credit: Foto Arena LTDA/Alamy
Eric Spicely says he was asked to compete in the Power Slap League. Credit: Foto Arena LTDA/Alamy

Chances are you've seen the videos swamping your Twitter feed over the past couple of weeks.

Spicely claimed that he was contacted by the league to see if he'd be interested in giving it a go.

And it's fair to say he didn't seem impressed by their apparent offer.

"I was contacted by the slap league, you guys will be shocked at how much it pays," he wrote.

Responding to another user's comment, Spicely added: "$2k and $2k."

That works out at a little over £1,600 to turn up to the event and then another £1,600 if he'd won.

Spicely claimed he was offered £1,600 to fight. Credit: Twitter
Spicely claimed he was offered £1,600 to fight. Credit: Twitter

LADbible has contacted the Power Slap League for a comment.

This comes after White was accused of ''exploitation' by a doctor after footage from one of the league's fights was shared on social media.

During the exhibition phase of the league, welterweights Chris Thomas and Chris Kennedy went toe to toe.

And it didn't last very long for Kennedy, who was knocked spark out immediately.

In footage shared online, Thomas can be seen lining up his shot before savagely connecting with Kennedy's face and sending him down on his back.

Medics raced over to make sure Chris Kennedy was alright. Credit: Power Slap League
Medics raced over to make sure Chris Kennedy was alright. Credit: Power Slap League

Medics then raced over to check whether he was ok as Thomas celebrated his victory.

The way in which Kennedy fell, however, concerned Chris Nowinski, the founder of Concussion Legacy Foundation.

Taking to Twitter, he blasted the UFC president for setting up the Power Slap League and 'exploiting' fighters, claiming it could lead to them suffering permanent brain damage.

Sharing the clip, he said: "This is so sad. Note the fencing posture with the first brain injury.

"He may never be the same. Dana White and TBS Network should be ashamed. Pure exploitation.

"What's next, who can survive a stabbing?"

Featured Image Credit: Foto Arena LTDA/Alamy /Powerslap

Topics: Sport, UFC, MMA, Dana White, Twitter

Dominic Smithers
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