In any industry that employs a vast number of people – particularly industries where there are wide differences in compensation – there is always talk of whether or not the workers should form a union to protect the interests of the masses when it seems a small group reaps the highest benefits.
Talk of a fighters union has long been on the tongues of many, especially with the exploding success of mixed martial arts across the globe.
It seems little effort has been made over the years to actually form a union for mixed martial arts athletes.
UFC president Dana White, at least publicly, doesn’t seem to care one way or another whether there is a fighters union, but does have a theory as to why there isn’t one.
“The thing about fighting is, fighting is not a team sport; it’s an individual sport,” White remarked recently.
“It’s going to be tough to see a day when (Anderson) Silva or GSP is giving up big chunks of their money to guys who won’t make two fights in the UFC.”
Should it ever come to fruition, however, White doesn’t seem overly concerned.
“If it happens, it happens. I have to negotiate with somebody on the fight contracts.”
What do you think, do fighters need a union? Would it make the sport better?