UFC Fights Against The Muhammad Ali Expansion Act
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The UFC has hired Wahington DC based firm, the Farragut partners, to voice their opposition to the recently introduced Muhammad Ali Expansion Act.
H.R.5365, The Muhammad Ali Expansion Act, was introduced May 26th on the Hill by Oklahoma republican congressman, rep. Markwayne Mullen. The bill, co-sponsored by Massachusetts democratic representative, Joseph Kennedy III, would take the Muhammad Ali Act and expand it to include mixed martial arts.
Rep. Mullen explained the bill saying,
“It basically allows the fighters’ and promoters to be on the same page. It allows fighters to be true independent contractors. Right now the UFC says the fighters are independent contractors, but yet the UFC controls every aspect of their life. It allows them[the fighters] to effectively negotiate contracts and it keeps them from being tied up in long-term contracts. And it has a third party set a true ranking system. A TRUE RANKING SYSTEM! We’re a professional sport, there should be a true ranking system. The UFC has actually told me on multiple occasions that they don’t necessarily pay attention to the ranking system. They put on the fights that the fans want to see. I get that, but we’re talking about a professional sport. They also said that their belt wasn’t a championship belt, it is an award that they bestow on the best fighter that night. So what we’re wanting to do is have a true independent organization, which is the American Boxing Commission. Have them look at the ranking system. Have a third party look at it. An unbiased organization to be able to set the ranking system, so the fighters can be ranked and that’s what this bill does.”
Since Rep. Mullen is a former fighter himself, he obviously caught on to the nonsensical rankings pushed seemingly only to market upcoming fights.