Georges St-Pierre, TJ Dillashaw, Donald Cerrone and others launch MMA Athletes Association

The Mixed Martial Arts Athletic Association aims to deliver fighters their "fair share"

BY Newstalk 09:52 Thursday 1 December 2016, 9:52 1 Dec 2016

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Georges St-Pierre is among a number of high profile MMA fighters who have banded together to form the Mixed Martial Arts Athletic Association (MMAAA) this week.

The association aims to give fighters more protection and to deliver real change within the UFC.

The fighters were joined by former Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney in a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the fundamental complaints fighters have which has led to the establishment of the MMAAA.

"Most of the sports it's 50/50 — promoter-athlete," said St-Pierre, who has been locked in a battle with the UFC over his contract.

"For us, we have around 8%. So when I talk about it's not fair for me, it's not only fair for me, it's not fair to the TUF contestants even to Conor McGregor, who doesn't have his fair share of what he should have.

"Don't forget the UFC without the fighters it's only three letters of the alphabet," St-Pierre addded. "It's time for us to make our voice heard and make change happen."

The board currently consists of Tim Kennedy, former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.


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"We're going to get a very substantial settlement, an enormous settlement that's going to compensate prior UFC fighters and current UFC fighters for egregious, outrageous conduct they've been subject to over the last decade plus," said Rebney. "No. 2, we're going to take eight cents on the dollar and we're going to drive it to fifty-cents on the dollar.

"No. 3, we're going to negotiate a CBA (collective bargaining agreement) that includes a benefits package that's commensurate and comparable to what Major League Baseball players have and NFL players have and NBA players have and NHL players have."

St-Pierre added: "We're here today to take a stand and also fight for all the fighters who have those same problems. Fighters who got bullied and intimidated.

"Fighters who are afraid to retire or get fired left broken with brain injuries, physical trauma with no insurance and care."

Via FOX Sports


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