So, the media call promising an “industry redefining” announcement has finished, and as many suspected would be the case, the call announced the creation of a new fighter association.
During the call it was announced that the MMA Athletes Association has been started, and that UFC fighters Georges St-Pierre, Donald Cerrone, Tim Kennedy, Cain Velasquez and TJ Dillashaw are members of a five fighter board. Former Bellator President Bjorn Rebeny is an advisor to the association.
According to a follow up report from MMA Junkie, MMAAA is hoping to recruit fighters to the association and that they hope to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the UFC. In addition, the group wants to secure benefits for fighters, similar to what other pro-athletes get, some sort of settlement to compensate previous and current UFC fighters, and they want to see 50% of the promotion’s revenue go to fighters.
During the call, Rebney was reportedly extremely critical of the UFC’s treatment of fighters, and Kennedy relayed that they don’t want to see any UFC fighters “left behind”. Rebney also reported during the call that the association does not intend to form a union, unlike the Professional Fighters Association (PFA).
After the call concluded, the tweet below was sent out by the organization:
— The MMAAA (@Themmaaa) November 30, 2016