Rob Maysey has been beating this drum for a long time. It’s never been louder than it is right now, he said.
Maysey, the founder of the Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Association (MMAFA), has been opining about the need for fighters to have contracts collectively bargained for nearly a decade. The Phoenix-based lawyer has been speaking about a perceived imbalance in fighter pay for just as long.
For the most part, Maysey has been working with a core group of fighters, many of them no longer with the UFC. That group is expanding, he said, and the reason is obvious: Zuffa’s recent sale of the UFC to a group led by powerhouse Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG for $4 billion.
That’s a lot of money and many fighters have publicly wondered if they have gotten their fair share.
“We have seen more public sentiment in favor of fighters taking some sort of action together to better their plight,” Maysey told MMA Fighting. “What better evidence exists that the leverage between fighter and promoter is way out of balance than the $4 billion sale price? [The UFC owners] don’t get that valuation unless they are drastically reducing the compensation fighters get. Now that the sale price is public, it’s not just Maysey saying it, it’s not just the MMAFA saying it. It smacks them right in the face. You can’t deny it.”
Multiple fighters took to social media to air grievances after the sale was announced last Monday morning. Maysey and other critics of the UFC have estimated that the promotion pays 14 to 15 percent of revenue to athletes. That number is much closer to 50 percent in other sports.
Perfect time to change the revenue split to ➡️ 46% / 54% split to be equal to the other major sports.
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