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.

You can read the rest of this article at LawinSport.

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