The big news in the world of mixed martial arts this week is that former UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre has formed a new fighters association alongside some of the organisation’s biggest names.
Tim Kennedy, Donald Cerrone, Cain Velasquez, TJ Dillashaw, as well as former Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney have launched the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association.
While they haven’t clearly outlined their long-term plans right now, their official release stated, “The Association’s sole concentration is to fight for the rights of MMA fighters and force UFC’s ownership, [WME-IMG], to dramatically alter the company’s decade-plus outrageous treatment of its athletes.”
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In simpler terms, they’re trying to get more out of the UFC than they previously did, they want a bargaining agreement that includes a 50% share of UFC revenue, up from the current 8%.
GSP is now beginning to appeal to the sport’s biggest star right now, Conor McGregor, telling him even he isn’t getting his fair share from the organisation.
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In a conference call, the Canadian said: “Even though Conor is the most well (paid) athlete, he doesn’t have his fair share of what he should have.
“And I’m saying this from the top contestant to Conor McGregor; they don’t have their fair share.”
Despite breaking many records this year, GSP thinks the Notorious can be an important voice in the association and get more of what he deserves.
He added: There’s something I think about Conor McGregor; I’ve met Conor a couple of times. You have the Conor McGregor that’s a human being and the Conor McGregor of business.
“The one you see in the UFC is the Conor McGregor that’s business.
“But the Conor McGregor that’s a human being, I know for sure he knows what’s right. Nobody is a perfect human being, but Conor is not a coward.
“He knows what’s right, and everybody knows what we’re doing is right. So of course, we would like to have the biggest name in the sport on board, and we need it.”
Although it might seem like McGregor may not be interested in going against the company, they haven’t always seen eye to eye either.
He was removed from the UFC 200 card, and he also wants a stake in the company – perhaps now they’ll be willing to entertain that thought, so they avoid going against the sport’s biggest name.
As expected, GSP doesn’t expect the UFC to let it happen so easily.
He continued, “UFC will probably do everything they can to make it not happen. But every voice counts for us, from the biggest draw in the UFC to the smallest fighter. Every voice counts.”
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