On November 30th the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association was formed exclusively to “fight for the rights of MMA fighters and force UFC’s ownership to dramatically alter the company’s decade plus outrageous treatment of its athletes.” Past champion and proponent of unionizing Georges St. Pierre said “This same thing has happened before in every other sport – NFL, NHL, NBA. Now it’s happening in the UFC. It’s going to happen whether they like it or not.” The UFC fighters referenced many of the same things as other workers when deciding to seek union representation: rising medical costs and more money.
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