Georges St-Pierre along with Donald Cerrone, Tim Kennedy, Cain Velasquez and T.J. Dillashaw announced the formation of the MMA Athletes Association on Wednesday.
The main aim of the new association is getting a fair share of revenue for athletes.
On a conference call, where the announcement was made, St-Pierre said that even the best paid fighter in the UFC, Conor McGregor, does not receive fair remuneration.
Most other sports, it’s 50/50 for promoter and athlete. For us, we have around eight percent. It’s not only not fair to me, it’s not fair to the UFC top contestants.
Even to Conor McGregor who is the most well off athlete, he doesn’t have his fair share of what he should have. And I’m saying this from the top contestant to Conor McGregor, they don’t have their fair share.
That he does not receive a fair share is certainly a sentiment with which McGregor would agree. Following his UFC 205 win against Eddie Alvarez, McGregor said that he would be seeking shares in the promotion.
St-Pierre added that the new association would love to have McGregor involved.
I’ve met Conor a couple of times. You have the Conor McGregor that’s a human being and the Conor McGregor of business. The one you see in the UFC is the Conor McGregor that’s business. But the Conor McGregor that’s a human being, I know for sure he knows what’s right.
Conor is not a coward. He knows what’s right, and everybody knows what we’re doing is right. So, of course, we would like to have the biggest name in the sport on board, and we need it.
UFC will probably do everything they can to make it not happen. But every voice counts for us, from the biggest draw in the UFC to the smallest fighter. Every voice counts.