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Josh Koscheck: Time for UFC Fighters to Unionize

UPDATE: Josh Koscheck says someone hacked his MySpace page, and the thoughts attributed to him are not his. I'm leaving this post up, though, because I think whoever wrote it had some valid points about the UFC's finances, even though hacking someone's MySpace page is obviously not the right way to make those points.

At the last big Ultimate Fighting Championship event, Rampage Jackson beat Chuck Liddell in a fight that put tens of millions of dollars into UFC's coffers. But why, with so much money pouring into mixed martial arts, do boxers make significantly more money than UFC fighters?

That's what one fighter, Josh Koscheck, wants to know. Via UFCMania, Koscheck has posted a MySpace bulletin in which he unloads on the president of UFC and suggests that it's time for he and his compatriots to form a union.
"UFC Prez Dana White is always quick to pull out the 'boxing promoters are crooked' line during his frequent discussions about boxing. I would argue that the UFC Czar is just as crooked....

UFC fighters need some kind of union to make a larger share of the pie since it is the fighter that literally rolls the dice with his future health and even his life not the promoters."

Koscheck makes some excellent points about the relative pittance UFC fighters make. As a percentage of the league's total revenue, I'd bet that UFC fighters make less money than the athletes in any other sports league.

The average fan probably doesn't want UFC fighters to unionize for the simple reason that a union could lead to a work stoppage, and no fan wants that. But if the fighters can be convinced that a union would make them healthier and wealthier, they can and should unionize.

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