GSP And Host Of Other UFC Fighters Launch Fighters Association
Five of the UFC’s biggest stars have come together to start a fighters association announced today on a media conference call.
With one of the greatest of all time, Georges St-Pierre at the helm, the group is going to be known as the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association. The group will have a focus on creating a dialogue between the UFC and fighters in order to see that fighters are treated fairly.
Cain Velasquez, T.J. Dillashaw, Tim Kennedy and Donald Cerrone were also on the call, and are the first board members for the group. Bjorn Rebney, the former owner of Bellator was alongside them, and will be supporting the association as an advisor. Dillashaw, Velasquez and St-Pierre are all former champions in the UFC.
St-Pierre talked about the lead up to creating the association, and how it was time for a change.
“This is a different fight. I know a lot of us are afraid. It’s time to step up, do the right thing”, said St-Pierre.
Calling for unity between his peers, the former welterweight champion stressed it was time to take a stand. “I know a lot of fighters want to remain anonymous, ” St-Pierre said. “I’m telling you guys, Come see us. It’s time to stand together.”
Rebney was sure to stress that the MMAAA is not a union, but will focus on giving fighters legitimate power against the UFC. A labor strike was an idea floated by Rebney as a possible card the MMAAA may play to take some power back from the UFC.
Rebney also confirmed that the MMAAA is not being backed by the Creative Artists Agency, a talent agency that rivals WME-IMG, the new owners of the UFC and represents Velasquez, Kennedy, St-Pierre and Dillashaw. However they will be supporting their athletes.
“We’re not going to have MMA as a sport unless these things change”, said Rebney. Is he right? Let us know in the comments!