After days – if not several weeks – of leading up to Wednesday’s conference call, several mixed martial artists gathered to make what may serve as a momentous announcement. With the likes of Tim Kennedy, Georges St-Pierre, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, T.J. Dillashaw and others spearheading the movement, the aforementioned panel formally announced the formation of a fighter’s union.
“I am proud to announce the official launch of the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association,” said Kennedy.
With more than 100 journalists reportedly on the line, Kennedy and St-Pierre initiated the bulk of the announcement by explaining their plan for the future.
“We’re going to change the face of the sport today,” Kennedy added. “No man left behind resonates with me. We’re here to make sure that no fighter in the UFC gets left behind. What we are doing today isn’t about me or the other fighters here, it’s about yesterday’s and today’s fighters. In the coming months we are going to introduce you to some of those forgotten and disregarded fighters.”
“We’re here today to talk about a problem,” began St-Pierre. “Maybe to UFC I will be seen as a villain like I was when I spoke about PEDs. But that situation was rectified, so hoping this will too. I am one of the rare fighters who is healthy and wealthy. I can’t say that about most guys.”
Although the majority of the early portion of the conference call surrounded the health of fighters, the panel also discussed the financial aspect of the newly founded Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association.
“I’m TJ Dillashaw. I’m here to speak about what’s right. It’d be nice to have a plan after I’m done fighting. To hear that we only get paid eight percent of what the UFC brings in is crazy to me.”
St-Pierre even made a point to note that “The Notorious” isn’t even getting a respectable cut at this point in his mixed martial arts and UFC career.
“Even Conor McGregor doesn’t get his fair share.”