T.J. Dillashaw Goes To War With The UFC Over Their Treatment Of Fighters
Former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw has slammed the UFC for this week for what he sees as poor treatment of its fighters.
Speaking in an interview for Team Alpha Male’s Stud Show Radio, Dillashaw didn’t hold back in his scathing assessment of the ways that he thought the UFC lets its fighters down.
Dillashaw said that the UFC treated them like employees rather than the independent contractors that they legally were.
“They treat us like employees, but they don’t give us benefits like employees. It’s kind of crazy when you think about it. We have to tell them where we ‘re at, at all times, so USADA can show up and drug test us. But we don’t get health benefits. It’s kind of crazy that we are controlled. Anytime you have to tell work where you’re at and what you’re doing, that’s considered an employee, not a contractor. They can’t tell a subcontractor what to do and when to do it. So this whole drug-testing thing is kind of crazy and the way they’re making us wear Reebok and all this stuff we have to do. They’re treating us like employees, but not giving us the benefits of an employee.”
To comply with the USADA’s anti-doping programme, fighters are required to tell the agency where they are going to be at any given time so that USADA officials know where to find them for random drug tests.
Dillashaw was also unimpressed with the way in which the UFC was recently sold to WME-IMG, contrary to what he and his fellow fighters had been told.
“With UFC, we’ve pretty much stayed in the dark as much as possible, ” he said.
“They’re telling us they’re not selling the company when everyone knows they’re selling it. It’s public record, but they’re still trying to tell us they weren’t. They’re just going to wait for the last minute for everything for us to find out.”
Rather than the pair getting together to help bring about positive changes, Dillashaw reckoned that UFC president Dana White and former CEO Lorenzo Fertitta will wash their hands of any responsibility before legal challenges from fighters and ex-fighters start cropping up.
“Dana and Lorenzo and those guys aren’t dumb, ” he said. “They’re probably going to jump ship before any kind of fighter union happens or any kind of lawsuits happen or anything like that.”
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