The Professional Fighters Association (PFA) announced its intention to create a union to protect the collective interest of the entire Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster last week, a potential game-changing move for the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).
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Jeff Borris, an attorney and current agent for professional baseball players who is responsible for countless multi-million-dollar contracts, is one of the leaders spearheading the MMA-inspired movement. The former professor of Sport Law at Southwestern University hopes to officially form a union in the next several months to tackle various pressing matters in the sport that “directly affects the heart of the athletes’ pockets.”
So when did Borris decide it was time for fighters to form a union? According to his comments on a recent edition of “The MMA Hour,” Borris revealed it happened by chance after Lloyd Pearson — Nate Diaz’s representative — asked him to look over the fight agreement for his fight against Conor McGregor at UFC 196 this past March.
It was right then and there that he knew it was time for a change:
“It was in January, and I was doing baseball salary arbitration cases for The Ballengee Group and at that time, Lloyd Pearson had just done the first bout agreement to McGregor vs. Diaz. He came up to me and he said, ‘Would you take a look at the bout agreement and the promotional agreement just to have another set of eyes look at it?’ So I read it and I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I said, ‘This isn’t valid, this isn’t enforceable, this won’t fly, this has to be changed.’ And he said, ‘This is the way UFC does business.’ And then I started learning more and more about it. We went to their headquarters and had a meeting about ….View full article
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