UFC fighters could be one step closer to unionizing after the UFC-Reebok deal will cause them to lose money and some struggling with sponsors not paying out.
Middleweight, Gegard Mousasi is one of the many fighters that are chasing apparel brand, Fear The Fighter, for sponsorship money they've supposedly yet to pay out.
There's also the new sponsorship deal, which according to heavyweight fighter Brendan Schaub, has already cost him six sponsors, and meant that his UFC 181 fight was his lowest earning yet - where he earned just $32,000 officially.
A call to arms?
Mousasi, who's issues lie with sponsors not paying out, has already called out to his fellow fighters, saying that they must support each other.
"The cat is coming out of the bag this week. Non-Paying sponsors have become an epidemic in our sport. Honest fighters are being cheated." He tweeted initially.
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"I am putting all of the sponsors that have refused to pay me the money they owe on notice. I am calling u out bc. I know I am not the only 1," He added.
"All @ufc fighters I encourage all of you to speak up about sponsors that are stealing from you. We have to support each other!"
Mousasi isn't alone in having issues with Fear The Fighter. Akira Corassani and John Dodson have both called out the company about there problems.
With Fear The Fighter due to launch their own energy drink and happily taking photos with Michael Bisping, one of their sponsored fighters, it would seem they have no issues with money.
The announcement of the UFC-Reebok deal hasn't certainly left many confused as to what will happen when it comes to payouts, with the UFC only really saying that rankings will play a bigger factor.
The big thing is that the deal isn't supposed to go 'live' until July next year, but already sponsors are backing away because from now on, it's all short term investments.
It's a huge change to the UFC and if the pay gets worse, and fighters are feel the pinch, it could force stars to look elsewhere for fights or possibly unionize in order to better protect themselves.
With how shady some of the sponsors have been with regards to paying out - and with the UFC not really revealing the details of the new payout system - it would seem fighters are going to have to start looking out for themselves.
Whether or not those at the top of their divisions, who would be paid more handsomely than those below them, would back the movement is the big stumbling point for any possible union.
Mousasi is a start, but you'd need a champion, or several, to start looking after not just themselves but their teammates and friends as well.
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