The Obstacles to UFC Fighters’ Unionisation

This article examines the prospect of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters forming a certified trade union and entering into collective bargaining with the UFC.

  • It first provides an overview of the UFC’s development from fringe spectacle to mainstream sport and the current economic relationship between the promotion and fighters.
  • It then provides a history of unionisation efforts, before assessing the legal obstacles fighters must overcome in order to get the UFC to the bargaining table.
  • It concludes with a discussion of the Muhammad Ali Expansion Act which would extend economic protections that apply to professional boxers to their counterparts in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and is seen by many as a legislative alternative to labour organising.

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No Turning Back after May-Mac

This article was originally published on Fight News Australia.

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After nearly a year of trash talk, a bizarre media tour and more twists and turns than anyone could have predicted, the fight that was meant to be impossible is now less than a week away. UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA) will make his professional boxing debut against the undefeated, 15-time world champion Floyd Mayweather (49-0) at T Mobile Arena on August 26th, in what will likely be the biggest combat sports event in history.

The fight marks a turning point for the UFC, who have broken convention in allowing McGregor to compete outside the octagon.

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The Cyborg Chronicles

Chris “Cyborg” Justino was patient and methodical, stalking Tonya Evinger with leg kicks and punches for two and a half round before four crushing knees brought the game but outmatched Evinger to the canvass and forced referee Mike Beltran to intervene and stop the carnage.

The fight lasted longer than some had expected. Evinger, a bantamweight giving Cyborg a ten-pound weight advantage, was a virtual unknown amongst mainstream MMA fans before Saturday and had never competed in the Octagon despite the 135lb division being the UFC’s most established women’s weight class. To make matters worse, she’d taken the fight on short notice, serving as a replacement for the Australian Megan Anderson, who pulled out of the event in late June.

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