In mid-August baseball agent Jeff Borris appeared on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour and discussed his recently formed Professional Fighters Association. The second runner-up in a Hank Shrader lookalike contest declared repeatedly that he was a fighter, and announced that things had to change. Boris hasn’t been heard from much since, and he does not appear upon first impression to be a man loathe to sing his own praises, so the assumption is that not much has happened.
The simple fact is that starting a union in MMA is ferociously tough. Rob Maysey’s MMAFA has worked tirelessly for years advocating for a players union, and didn’t get so much as a courtesy call from Boris.
On his lastest BMF Ranch podcast, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone gently lamented the lack of progress by the PFA, and declared he was pro union, and pro Donald Trump.
“We laugh…so close, fighter union here we come,” said Cerrone, as transcribed by Jim Edwards for FloCombat. “I’ll headline it. I’m with you guys. We need the union. I’ve said this many times, and I think we need strong fighters and popular fighters that headline and let everyone know that we need–not only better pay–but we need dental, we need medical and what happens if we get hurt? Where is your 401K? Where is anything? Every other sport in the world has a union.”
“It’s not fair to what we are doing, because like I told you the other day, if you were Derek Brunson playing football or baseball–you’d be a 10 million dollar a year guy–at least. Why are you not right now? Because we don’t have a union, because if Derek Brunson doesn’t fight, this guy will just do it for $2,000 because, oh, it’s the UFC…Guys saying, ‘I’ll fight for free, put me in,’ that’s our problem.”
“We need league minimums. We need everything. We need to pay our dues. It’s not only pay. It’s so much deeper, what needs to be happening with the union. When it comes, I’ll be on the front lines saying, ‘I’m Cowboy. I’m f***in’ pro-Trump and pro-union.”