August 17, 2016
The Professional Fighters Association is making waves after its announcement last week of its formation and intent to unionize UFC fighters. Jeff Borris has made the media rounds and announced a press conference set for Thursday in Las Vegas.
Maybe in direct or indirect response, the Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Association (MMAFA) has released a statement via its Facebook page.
The Facebook statement goes on to address the issue of agents involved in organizing fighters:
Agent efforts to organize and agent involvement in association operations suffer from two fatal conflicts. First, agents vigorously compete with each other, creating divisions preventing successful formation and operation of the association. Second, agents appropriately view all issues through the lens of “my clients.” Association efforts, on the other hand, must be viewed through the lens of all member fighters.
PFA’s Borris is a sports agent and is a part of an agency that represents the Diaz brothers. The obvious inference by the MMAFA in its post is that agents should not be involved in efforts to organize fighters due to conflicts of interest.
Borris said in his interview on The MMA Hour that he is not opposed to MMAFA and believes that their mission differs from PFA.
It’s clear that PFA and MMAFA are, or will be in the near future, on a collision course. Both want to organize fighters. PFA wants to unionize just UFC fighters while MMAFA is looking at a broader base of MMA fighters to organize in an association. Who is right? Who is wrong? What opposition will they face aside from each other? Time will tell.