Georges St-Pierre, Tim Kennedy, Cain Velasquez, Donald Cerrone and T.J. Dillashaw announced in a media conference call on Wednesday they have formed a fighters association called the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA). Former Bellator MMA promoter Bjorn Rebney was also on the call and stated he’ll serve as an adviser for the group.
"Every time we fight, we're afraid," St-Pierre said on the call. "This is a different fight. I know a lot of us are afraid. It's time to step up, do the right thing."
The three goals of the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association will be as follows:
- Earn a settlement from the UFC for current and past fighters
- Bring the revenue disparity from eight percent to 50 percent for fighters
- Negotiate a collective-bargaining agreement with the UFC
The MMAAA is not a union as many had speculated.
"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."
GSP, Velasquez, Kennedy and Dillashaw are all represented by Creative Artists Agency, which is a rival talent firm to the new parent company of the UFC, WME-IMG. CAA will not be backing the group but will support their fighters.
MMAFighting.com, who provided the quotes in this article, has more coverage at this link.
Deadspin.com uncovered on Tuesday night that Rebney owns several domains associated with the group and even unveiled their logo at this link.
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