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UFC responds to creation of MMA Athletes Association
Yesterday, the MMA Athletes Association made a big splash with their first star-studded press conference. Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre joined Tim Kennedy, T.J. Dillashaw, Donald Cerrone, Cain Velasquez, and former Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney to announce their intention to bring UFC fighters together into an association in a two-hour Q&A.
MMA Fighting asked the UFC for a response to the ideas that were expressed on the conference call, and an unnamed official had this to say:
"We respect all of our athletes and are always open and willing to hear their thoughts on how to improve the sport.”
That person also stated that they had no further comment because they felt that the whole thing was lacking in details.
Dubbed as “industry redefining”, the fighters and Rebney noted that competitors aren’t making even close to their fair share of revenue from the UFC, and that they have no retirement or health plans in place when they’re done fighting. Rebney also noted that they haven’t contacted the UFC about this, and had no intention to going forward.