Kevin Lee Thinks An MMA Union Will Eventually Happen
Fighters’ Unions have been a big talking point in MMA for several years. Many fighter led organisations have seemingly come and gone.
Despite this, UFC welterweight Kevin Lee still believes that a fighter’s union will eventually happen. As he told Joe Rogan on the latest episode of his MMA Podcast (as transcribed by MMA Fighting).
“I think it’s inevitable. Eventually it’s gonna happen. I think it’s once the UFC – the UFC is gonna change a little bit, I feel like. It’s the same way I’m looking at the way Facebook has been doing stuff and all these other companies, these large private companies but they’re so big.
“The UFC is a sports organization but it’s so big now to where it’s damn near public. Once that kind of changes and once they open up the books and people really start to pay attention to it, then maybe somebody on the outside who is way smarter than anyone of us – because we’re fighting, we ain’t really worried about the legalities of it. I’m just signing a contract, I don’t really give a f***. But once somebody who is smarter kind of takes a look at it and sees what’s going on and how it is, then they’re gonna start up something. They have to. It’s kind of crazy.”
With a lack of current big name fighters stepping up to spear head such an organisation, Lee ruled himself out of doing just that, saying that he’s mostly happy with his current situation in the UFC.
“Honestly, I have no real complaints about it. I’m signing on the line, I know what I’m signing up for. Anytime I do and I say I’m gonna do something, I always make sure I hold up my end and I’m gonna do it. [The UFC has] afforded me so much to where my life is so much different than I thought it would be. I truly thought that everything would just look different. It provided a better life for my family. It’s just afforded me so much that any negatives on it, I can’t really . . . it’s just like grievances, almost.”
Although Lee is happy with life in the UFC, he’s not ruling out fighting in a different promotion further down the road.
“Competition is always good. It’s just building even more and bigger and better. And it’s really the sport that we’re looking after. I’ve been in a contract with the UFC for a long while now but if another organization was to ever, you never know. I never know what the future can hold.”