Report: Conor McGregor to Testify Against UFC at Congressional Hearing About MMA Fighters’ Rights
Conor McGregor has agreed to testify against the UFC at a Congressional hearing, according to a report from Reuters.
The hearing, which is being spearheaded by Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), will investigate whether the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act should be extended to cover MMA fighters. Introduced in 1999 and enacted in 2000, the Ali Act protects boxers from unfair contracts that prevent them from fighting for other promoters, establishes an independent ranking system, and bans promoters from acting as a fighter’s manager.
If extended to MMA fighters, the Ali Act would completely obliterate the UFC’s current business model. So they are obviously against it.
Obviously not against extending the Ali Act to MMA are MMA fighters. Even Conor McGregor, who has more say over his career and earns more money than any other fighter in the UFC, would prefer total, unfettered control over his career rather than what he has now.
Last January, when he was still trying to convince the UFC to let him fight Floyd Mayweather, McGregor actually used the Ali Act as a tool to get what he wanted. When he applied for and was granted boxing licenses in several states, McGregor wasn’t doing it just for the headlines. He was doing it to get legally recognized as a boxer, and thus protected against the UFC by the Ali Act.
“With the Ali act I believe I can,” McGregor said at the time, when asked whether he could fight Mayweather without the UFC’s approval. “But I think it’s smoother with all involved. I think we’re all about good business. I’ve done great business with the UFC, with Dana and everyone. But again, everyone’s gotta know their place. So we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”
No one in McGregor’s camp has confirmed that he will testify before Congress. This news, instead, comes from Rep. Mullin.
“We have been told by his team that he was going to come to the Hill to talk about this,” Mullin told Reuters.
Hat Tip – [Uproxx]