As it was reported on Monday, a group of 5 high-profile UFC fighters and the former CEO of Bellator announced today the creation of the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA).
The board is formed by former champions Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez and TJ Dillashaw, as well as fan favorites Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Tim Kennedy.
“We’re here to make sure that no fighter in the UFC gets left behind,” said the special forces sniper and Army Ranger Tim Kennedy. “The fighters are running this association. Period. End of story.”
The three goals for the MMAAA will be earning a settlement from the UFC for current and past fighters, bring the revenue disparity from just 8 percent to 50 percent for fighters, and to negotiate a collective-bargaining agreement with the UFC.
While Rebney referred to the UFC as a monopoly, he also made it clear that the MMAAA is not a union. According to him, a union would delay all the things the fighters want. 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. However, he also brought up a labor strike as a possibility as a way to take action against the UFC, although Velasquez and Kennedy both said they would not want it to come to that.