"I've always given accolades to (the UFC) for everything they've done for the sport and keeping it around, but the bottom line is, they're not the [expletive] sport. Every guy that fights, we're the sport, and without us, there ain't, there won't, there is, no fights. Until we get together and unionize ourselves, there's not going to be a bigger payday. It's going to take another company with a guy with some big money that can take fighters away with big money and big promises, and you know what, it's coming.
We as fighters, we're entitled to half of the pot. Without the fighters, the UFC would fold. Without the fighters, Bellator would fold. Without fighters willing to bang every day, it would fold. There should be insurance for every fighter that's on the company's [expletive] payroll. You should have insurance just like any other company should have. So if you're training and you're under contract with the UFC, you should have health insurance and life insurance. (MMA) is not a rich man's sport. It's just rich men that own the sport. It's a blue collar man's sport, and blue collar men should have more say in what goes on... You ain't Michael Vick, and we ain't [expletive] dogs." -Kevin Randleman via Rattling The Cage MMA
Former UFC heavyweight champion, and Pride FC veteran Kevin Randleman believes mixed martial arts fighters should unionized, and work together to receive better benefits and salaries from MMA promotions.
Randleman, a former UFC heavyweight champion, points to a disparity in pay between the revenue the sport currently generates and the amount that fighters make as a compeling reason to unionize.
His comments echo those of former UFC fighter Antonio McKee, who spoke out a few days ago about legislation he's currently championing to assist fighters in this endeavour.
You can read more about McKee's comments and the Bruce Lee Act here.
Check out Randleman's complete interview below: