The sale of the UFC to a new ownership group led by massive talent agency WME | IMG has unsurprisingly rocked the entire sport of MMA and the group most impacted are the fighters. Since taking over the UFC 15 years ago, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta have been a regular part of dealing with the UFC, and a major part of every decision that gets made. Now they’re gone.
Respected veteran Joe Lauzon was quick to publicize the mass email sent to all UFC fighters detailing the sale. It’s worth a read for everyone:
— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) July 11, 2016
Conor McGregor thanked the Fertittas for mentoring him a bit:
I am honoured to have fought under the Fertitta regime! To have been mentored by these great people on this great business is a true honour!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 11, 2016
Naturally, many wondered aloud and discussed what impact this may have on fighter pay. The discussion of the UFC’s revenue split came up quickly:
Deadly can't wait to see what % I'll get out of that 4 billion no more work for me going in to tell the boss to fuck himself
— Neil 2 Tap Seery (@NeilSeeryMMA) July 11, 2016
1 single move that would change the sport for the best, literally overnight..
Match the revenue split to all major sports. (Close to 50/50)
— Johnny Hollywood (@HollywoodCase) July 11, 2016
Perfect time to change the revenue split to ➡️ 46% / 54% split to be equal to the other major sports.??? #WeAllNeedToEat
— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) July 11, 2016
Unfortunately, the revenue split is unlikely to change. These billionaires, after all, didn’t buy the UFC with the intention of making it less profitable. Until UFC fighters can organize and begin collectively bargaining, things will stay the same.
While many fighters were talking turkey, some sent generic congratulations to the UFC:
— Joe Ellenberger (@JoeEllenberger) July 11, 2016
— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) July 11, 2016
— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) July 11, 2016
Some of the bad blood the owners have built up over the years bubbled to the surface and some of the fighters associated with the MMA Fighters Association took swipes:
I'd rather have Star Wars.
— Nathan Quarry (@NateRockQuarry) July 11, 2016
— Kyle Kingsbury (@Kingsbu) July 11, 2016
The most important tweet, however, came from Dan Hardy:
I wonder what comes next…
— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) July 11, 2016
As do we all, Dan.
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