Today, former Bellator boss Bjorn Rebney emerged from the shadows to announce he was forming a fighters’ association.
Standing with him: Georges St. Pierre, Donald Cerrone, TJ Dillashaw, Tim Kennedy and Cain Velasquez. Yes, there are superstars in that line up, and they’re UFC fighters to boot. Which begs the question: uh, what just happened?
As per MMAFighting:
The group, headlined by all-time great Georges St-Pierre, will be called the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association and will focus on evening the playing field between fighters and the UFC, it was announced on a media conference call Wednesday.
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.
“I would have assumed that if the UFC had reached the level of success they have, the fighters would not be left behind,” Kennedy said.
Rebney made it clear that the MMAAA is not a union. A union, he said, 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. Rebney brought up a labor strike as a possibility as a way to take action against the UFC.