Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre announced the launch of the Mixed Martial Arts Athlete Association on Wednesday, reports Bleacher Report.
In a conference call, St-Pierre and other partners announced that the union will aim to protect those who participate in mixed martial arts combat sports.
Other major fighters who helped start the union include Cain Velasquez, TJ Dillashaw, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, Tim Kennedy, and Bjorn Rebney.
St-Pierre and Cerrone both cited the dangerous nature of MMA as a reason for unionizing. A fighter's earnings after about are often offset by the medical procedures that follow it.
As of right now, St-Pierre is simply hoping to add more members of the MMAAA. However, in the future, if the union grows, it could lead to fighters being given a bigger stake in promotions like the UFC, whose sale garnered a staggering $4 billion in August.
Most MMA fighters have reacted positively to the announcement on social media.
Can someone ask how an agency will avoid the conflict between interests of represented fighters and the collective interests of fighters— Leslie Smith (@LeslieSmith_GF) November 30, 2016
Others still have some concerns over the specifics of the union.
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