New MMA League Will Share Revenuer With Fighters Like in NFL, NBA, Launching in 2023
The landscape of global MMA has changed over the years with the formation of several organizations, like the UFC, ONE, Bellator, PFL, Cage Warriors, and more. While every organization has been successful to some extent, Ultimate Fighting Championship remains the top-dog in that race.
However, a new MMA league, set to be launched in 2023, might topple every other entity. Per reports, this new venture will be contrasted to every other organization and will offer a 50/50 revenue share to the fighters. Combat reporter Ariel Helwani broke the news, sending several fans into a frenzy.
That said, the structure of American sports institutes like NFL, NHL, and NBA influences this new role model. Helwani also claimed that the league will ensure a CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) to split the revenue share in half. Besides, they will also roll out guaranteed contracts, health and medical insurances, career-ending insurance, and pension plans. No wonder, this will be a massive up-gradation in the MMA world, if actually put into action.
Meanwhile, it will also intensify the cut-throat competition amongst the other fighting organizations. UFC seemingly has the monopoly, boasting the most popular names in the business. However, ONE championship has been sheerly successful in Asia, with PFL and Bellator constantly putting on stacked fight cards.
So, the formation of the new MMA league will demand a major portion of the audience who are already deep into the existing MMA leagues. To make things worse, this news has come in a time when fighters have been vocal about being underpaid on several occasions.
Is Money going to be a big factor in MMA?
Although UFC has produced some of the richest fighters all over the world, many elites have accused the organization of underpaying the fighters. One of the prime accusers is the former light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. ‘Bones’ Jones had demanded an exceptional payday for his heavyweight debut, which he hasn’t received yet.
So, it clearly has left a lot of fans disheartened for missing out on Jon Jones’ action. Meanwhile, other fighters like Jorge Masvidal and Paulo Costa have also accused Dana White of underpaying them. Hence, this new league can be a door for several big fighters unless UFC finds a way to tackle down all the odds against them.