While Jake Paul talking trash about Dana White and the UFC pay structure brings a lot of entertainment and headlines, in the background the Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Association has been fighting legal and political battles for improvement for over a decade. These battles have quietly but surely yielded positive results.
The MMAFA is the force behind the antitrust lawsuit that is lobbying Congress to bring the Muhammad Ali Expansion Act to MMA and give fighters the same rights as professional boxers. While none of these fights are over the finish line, the long-term pressure created by these battles has brought about some improvement for current fighters.
Today the MMAFA issued a press release boasting some of their successes. Including shedding light on the real revenue split in the UFC — with only 15 to 20% of revenues going to fighters — bringing in contractual reforms — such as the sunset clause which may clear UFC star Francis Ngannou for free agency while still being the active heavyweight champion — along with the potential to pay past fighters hundreds of millions of dollars. Assuming that the antitrust lawsuit proves successful.
The MMAFA’s battle for MMA reform continues
There is room for both celebrities such as Jake Paul raising awareness about woeful fighter pay and looking to fan the flames of reform, along with the less media-friendly hard-fought battles of groups like the MMAFA.
Below is their press release in full:
Of the various reforms that the MMAFA is trying to bring to MMA, which do you think would be the most effective in improving the situation between athletes and organizations?