UFC Agrees to Pay Drakkar Klose after UFC Vegas 24 Weigh-in Brouhaha

Per ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, the UFC has agreed to pay Drakkar Klose his show money for his scheduled fight at UFC on ESPN. The fight was cancelled when his opponent, Jeremy Stephens, caused a fracas during the weigh-in. Stephens pushed Klose causing whiplash and a concussion.

Here’s the exchange.

Klose had to be admitted to the hospital due to the incident and was ruled unable to fight by the doctors and the athletic commission. The idea that the UFC wasn’t going to pay Klose was asinine. Thankfully that’s now resolved.

Klose and Stephens will reportedly match up again in the near future.

TV Ratings: UFC Vegas 24 Does Big Numbers for ESPN, Highest Rated ESPN Fight Card of 2021

UFC on ESPN: Whitaker vs. Gastelum was a ratings success for the worldwide leader bringing in an average of 953,000 viewers for the main card. The preliminary card on ESPN drew an average of 879,000 viewers. The numbers slotted UFC on ESPN as the number 2 and number 3 shows on cable for Saturday behind only the NBA on ESPN.

The card drew a .36 rating in the highly competitive 18-49 demographic bracket. UFC on ESPN also met stiff competition from the world of boxing on Saturday. UFC’s card went head-to-head with Triller Fight Club’s pay-per-view featuring YouTube star Jake Paul against MMA veteran Ben Askren.