For sometime now, other people have either attempted or campaigned for a new fighter’s union, but a new group has come forward that reportedly has the backing of several, big time, player associations.
According to a new report today from MMA Fighting.com, a group called the Professional Fighters Association (PFA) has been created and they are attempting to unionize UFC fighters. The PFA is headed by veteran baseball agent Jeff Borris, economist Andrew Zimbalist and attorney Lucas Middlebrook.
What makes the PFA particularly interesting is that the group reportedly has the support of existing, player associations like the MLBPA, NFLPA, NHLPA, and NBAPA. Case in point, Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLBPA, was quoted saying in the press release:
“I support the efforts of the fighters to organize. The solidarity and commitment of the group will be essential to their ability to protect and advance their workplace rights.”
Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL’s Players Association had this to say as well:
“I have been privileged to represent elite athletes for nearly 40 years, and believe now more than ever in the benefits of collective bargaining to secure and enhance terms and conditions of employment. That is why I fully support and encourage efforts of the fighters to organize a union to represent them.”
Of course, none of this means that UFC fighters will finally organize and create a union, but it looks like the PFA has some serious backing. All this comes not long after Mark Hunt called for a fighter association, following Brock Lesnar’s positive test for PEDs, and the sale of the UFC for approximately $4 billion.