Led by former world champions Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez and TJ Dillashaw, the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes' Association's aim is to bring UFC fighters' share of revenues into line with their counterparts in the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball.
Former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre and other star fighters have launched the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association to protect UFC fighters and help get them their fair share of the sport's revenue.
While not quite Ronda Rousey or Conor McGregor, the MMAAA has taken greater strides in establishing its presence than, say, the Professional Fighters Association (PFA) - a group that made a bit of a splash earlier this year, but has yet to reveal what fighters are in support of its endeavors. We pride ourselves in taking a deeper look into the fighter, and understanding what makes them click.
And while St-Pierre's backing of the MMAAA is significant, it would pale in comparison to any involvement from McGregor, and the Montreal native suggested that the UFC lightweight champion should stand up for the rights of less well-off fighters and join the cause. GSP said, "He [Conor] knows what's right". It's not fair to the UFC top contestants, even to Conor McGregor, who doesn't have his fair share of what he should have.
"Don't forget, the UFC without fighters, it's only three letters of the alphabet", said St-Pierre, who has been mired in a battle with the UFC over his current contract.
Several domain names linking to a "MMA Athletes Association" has been registered Bjorn Rebney, founder and chairman of Bellator MMA.
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Kennedy encouraged fighters to reach out to him and others on the board. I want everybody to be happy, on both sides.
The board now consists of Kennedy, Dillashaw, Velasquez, St-Pierre and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. Rebney said the unity of an association would give the fighters real power against the UFC, even if it's not a legal union in the eyes of the National Labor Relations Board. Georges St-Pierre was next to make a statement, saying that he was going to be "viewed as a villain for bringing these issues up, but he wants change".
The MMA Fighters Association (MMAFA) is attempting to get boxing's Ali Act modified to include mixed martial arts. Rebney declined to specifically identify who is funding the association.
Fighter pay long has been a talking point for UFC fighters and MMA fighters in general. "It's time for us to make our voice heard and make change happen". The initial focus of MMAAA will be only UFC athletes, not those signed to other organizations. "It's time to stand together". Fighters are being bullied and intimidated, scared to retire or not fight again, fighters who are being left broken, with brain injuries and physical trauma. Cerrone admitted there's fear about possible reprisal for speaking up like this "but it needs to be done".
With Rebney preparing to implement the strategies he's created for the past two years, the next few steps will be as intriguing as they are crucial.