Treat Fighters Like Employees Rather Than Independent Contractors
Technically speaking, fighters are independent contractors rather than employees, which is essentially why the UFC is able to operate the way it does. Because fighters are independent contractors, they receive very little benefits or perhaps none at all.
Donald Cerrone recently described it best:
“Not only for pay, but we need dental, medical, where’s our 401K? Every other sport in the world has a union. It’s not fair with what we are doing,” he said.
Fighters simply put too much at risk in their chosen profession not to receive benefits, and it’s clear that something needs to change here. Perhaps a union would be the best option.
What other changes regarding fighter treatment would you like to see made in the future?