UFC's Response To MMAAA - 'We Respect All Of Our Athletes'

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A UFC official issued the following statement to MMAFighting.com about the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA).:

"We respect all of our athletes and are always open and willing to hear their thoughts on how to improve the sport,”

For those that missed it earlier, Georges St-Pierre, Tim Kennedy, Cain Velasquez, Donald Cerrone and T.J. Dillashaw announced in a media conference call on Wednesday they have formed the fighters association. They have three goals and they are:

1. Earn a settlement from the UFC for current and past fighters
2. Bring the revenue disparity from eight percent to 50 percent for fighters
3. Negotiate a collective-bargaining agreement with the UFC

The group’s advisor, former Bellator MMA promoter Bjorn Rebney, stated they haven’t reached out to the UFC and didn’t plan on it anytime soon. Here’s a transcription from the call:

"There's no reason (for us) to (reach out)," Rebney said. "Our structure and what we're doing, and our plan of attack, does not include us reaching out to the UFC. It includes the implementation of strategies that are designed, and have been designed over the last two years, to achieve a very specific set of goals. And those strategies, I think, will be very effective in achieving those goals. And at some point, I'm quite comfortable our phone will ring.”

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