UFC desperately needs the Ali Act.
It’s a terrible time for Dana White and UFC, and it’s their own doing that has brought it to this moment of desperation.
After years of abuse and selective behaviour, using star leverage to boost publicity and letting their ultimate cash-cow run free.
After the Ronda Rousey Hype Machine.
After the Diaz Brothers not taking fights.
After McGregor running the UFC and Dana White; instead of the other way around.
It’s now come a point of what seems like a moment of ultimatum by the fighters.
A bombshell of an announcement has been dropped by Khabib Nurmagomedov,
“…if you decide to fire him, you should know that you’ll lose me too. We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my Brother. If you still decide to fire him, don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I’ll break it myself.”
After ignoring McGregor’s behaviour and tomfoolery, Fighters have finally taken it upon themselves to declare that if the UFC doesn’t play ball; they’re refusing to fight.
It’s the forming of a long impending Union of Fighters, coming together — to rightfully demand their right.
These fighters put their body on the line, and get crappy pay for it.
As Dominick Cruz eloquently put it,
“We are not making $30 Million, $20 Million, we’ll be lucky to be making $1 Million. You’re going to tell me to pick a fight on a whim for $500,000? But Conor can do it easily because he’s making $30 Million, he’s got a $100 Million in the bank”.
Whilst McGregor and Rousey minted Millions for the UFC and were thrown under the bus when Dana White was done milking them.
I’m not denying what both McGregor and Rousey have achieved for the UFC, they’ve done their job as marketers eloquently.
McGregor brought UFC to great success and exposure.
Rousey became a role-model for women in UFC Fighting.
But unfortunately, since “It’s the fight business”, Rousey was thrown under the bus after her over-hyped match against Holly Holm ended in calamity for Rousey.
It was brutal.
And Dana White did what he always does, he diverted the hype.
Except this time the hype isn’t playing by the rules, and has threatened to break his contract.
Being a resident of Russia, I’ll bet he’s untouchable by the contractual limits of the UFC.
No doubt, Khabib Nurmagomedov will put his money where his mouth his.
He just declared his position, and isn’t going to falter.
Dana White, knows and fully understands the hype that is surrounding Khabib since UFC-229; so now doubt he wants a rematch for Khabib Vs. McGregor.
But what about Ferguson?
Doesn’t he NOT deserve a shot at Khabib instead of McGregor?
Because they don’t sell Pay-Per Views?
If Dana White chooses to make the UFC into WWE, he should just declare it to be so.
I believe it’s time the fighters stood up for what they’ve long hoped for and demand an extension of the Ali Act to be implemented to the UFC.
For too long has the UFC been run like a circus.
I demand UFC fighters get their fair share and treatment within the corporation.
Dana White, this is your moment; you can choose wealth over respect — but know that wealth never saved others who have fallen before you and self-destructed.
UFC Fighters deserve their voices to be heard and their efforts to be acknowledged.