UFC Brass Sends Anti-Union Letter
On Thursday the UFC sent a letter to their fighters warning them of the dangers of joining a fighter’s union.
A fighter’s union is the single most important issue facing MMA, specifically the UFC. Ironically the letter warns that fighters will be “submissive” to the union and would have to fight the fights that the union decides. As it stands, the UFC picks all the match ups, picks salaries, and hold absolute control over their signed fighters. They can hold fighters contractually hostage. Let’s say a fighter has one more fight on their contract, the UFC can hold their contract until they re-sign preventing them from moving to another promotion. Fighters are grossly underpaid in the UFC, specifically after the Reebok deal has taken away a fighters ability to sign with independent sponsors. This article explains how expensive it is to be a fighter. In the last UFC event we witnessed 26 year-old Frankie Perez retire from the sport because he felt that the risks were not worth the rewards. He decided that the pay wasn’t worth the injuries, the insane workout and diet regimen, and the stress he placed on his family. Fighter’s, like NFL players, hold very little power over their careers. With a union the fighter’s can hopefully grab better pay and benefits. While I advise against signing up with the shady Teamster’s Union, the fact that the UFC even issued the letter proves that they are scared that the unions and fighters can be in control.
Michael Gomez covers Gaming for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @MichaelGom3
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