In overwhelming numbers, MMA fighters stated they’d assist forming a union to collectively cut price with promoters, in response to a latest survey performed by The Athletic.

Almost 80 % — 79.four %, to be precise — of MMA athletes reached as a part of The Athletic’s inaugural fighter survey stated they’d be in favor of organizing with their friends in a manner akin to the skilled unions and associations in different sports activities. Solely 6.5 % of fighters stated they’d oppose such a transfer whereas 14.1 % stated they have been uncertain or most popular to not reply.

“The worst half about (being a fighter) isn’t being paid what we’re owed and what we deserve — and never having a union to again us up,” one surveyed fighter underneath contract to PFL stated.

Throughout March and April of this yr, The Athletic’s MMA workers polled 170 skilled fighters throughout a spread of promotions, age teams, expertise ranges and international locations…