The hottest topic in mixed martial arts (MMA)?
Fighters organizing under a professional association, as several new entities have sprung up in recent months to challenge the state of the combat sports union. Chief among them is Mixed Martial Arts Athlete Association (MMAAA).
Which just so happens to be spearheaded by ex-Bellator scumbag boss Bjorn Rebney, which is probably why some fighters — like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Tim Means — won’t be signing on any dotted lines for the foreseeable future.
The “Dirty Bird” talks to Bloody Elbow:
“You see a lot of disgruntled guys on the MMAAA. That Rebney guy has always been at the throat of the UFC and now he’s representing the talent? It’s a strange twist for me and it’s one that I don’t understand. I’m a fighter, a contracted fighter and I was seeing fans that knew more about that meeting than I did. You see these dumb-ass fans that get on social media and say, ‘Oh like fighters are gonna get together and talk business,’ you know man, if someone’s handling my career, that’s exactly what I want. I want to be in the room and I want to know that my best interests are being represented, and you can’t do that behind closed doors. If these fighters [with the MMAAA] are not happy with what’s going on, well use your words like a big boy, pick up your phone, contact the bosses and get your issue worked out. If I’ve ever had any kind of issue or didn’t like my contract, I’ve contacted the bosses and I’ve talked with them directly.”
So did this guy and it seemed to have a “happy” ending.
That said, the idea behind a fighter association goes beyond the financials specific to each contract and also focuses on better healthcare options, retirement funds, and fair labor practices.
It’s a tangled web to weave.
Means (26-7-1) looks to win his third straight when he tangles with Brazilian “Cowboy” Alex Oliveira at the UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) event, locked and loaded for this Friday night (Dec. 30, 2016) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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