T.J. Dillashaw took the UFC to task this week for what he perceives as an issue with fighter treatment.
The former UFC bantamweight champion said on Team Alpha Male’s Stud Show Radio that he believes the UFC treats fighters like employees rather than what they legally are: independent contractors. Dillashaw pointed to the UFC’s deals with Reebok and USADA as potential evidence.
“They treat us like employees, but they don’t give us benefits like employees,” Dillashaw said. “It’s kind of crazy when you think about it. We have to tell them where we’re at at all times, so USADA can show up and drug test us. But we don’t get health benefits. It’s kind of crazy that we are controlled. Any time you have to tell work where you’re at and what you’re doing, that’s considered an employee, not a contractor. They can’t tell a subcontractor what to do and when to do it. So this whole drug-testing thing is kind of crazy and the way they’re making us wear Reebok and all this stuff we have to do. They’re treating us like employees, but not giving us the benefits of an employee.
Part of USADA’s anti-doping program with the UFC is a whereabouts system where fighters have to tell USADA their schedules and where they’re going to be at any given time just in case an official comes to drug test them. In the Reebok apparel deal, fighters can only wear Reebok gear in the Octagon and lost their ability to wear the logos of individual sponsors. Many fighters lost a good chunk of income due to Reebok.
Dillashaw, 30, also expressed concern with the UFC’s recent sale to WME-IMG for $4 billion. The California native said fighters were sent an e-mail saying nothing will change, but he isn’t sure ….View full article
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