Mixed martial arts (MMA) legend and UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture hasn’t always seen eye-to-eye with his former friends at ZUFFA. In fact, past dealings with promotion president Dana White even led to a distasteful exit for son, Ryan, who’s an up-and-coming Lightweight in Bellator MMA.
With that being said, as much as free agency has become a bigger part of a fighter’s career, there are still many ways in which men and women stand to gain ground in effort to make the landscape of MMA even more competitive. One of the ways is by amending one of boxing’s most important pieces of history, the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act.
The act was put into effect 16 years ago and contained one main principle: Professional boxing shall not be governed by any association, league, or organization. There has been a growing number of veteran fighters taking a stand against MMA’s No. 1 organization, UFC, in an effort to organize a fighter’s union and also uncover the finances behind the extremely profitable international entity.
So far, UFC has been able to keep the books closed, but “The Natural” still holds out hope (via Bloody Elbow) that enough big names will speak out in an effort to make the Ali Act include MMA.
“Ultimately it takes those top tier guys to want to put it on the line and affect a positive change on their sport and they’re the ones actually making money from the promotions and they’re risking damaging that relationship. Usually it’s those first guys that get together to put those together that really get hammered.”
Couture, who achieved a 19-11 record over a 14-year run in MMA, admits that any nudge will invoke a reaction ….View full article
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