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Cerrone says he’d ‘gladly’ be the face of a fighter’s union

Donald Cerrone gestures after defeating John Makdessi in their lightweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC on 187 Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

Mixed martial art’s long journey toward creating a union has long gone without any premier fighters at the helm. If Donald Cerrone has anything to do about it, that won’t be the case much longer.

“Cowboy” says MMA fighters need to create a united front, and he’s not afraid of taking the brunt of the criticism from UFC officials if he’s presented with the opportunity to become the face of a fighter’s union.

“I’ll gladly put my head on the chopping block and say I’ll be the front face of this mother f—-r,” said Cerrone.

“I’ve paid my way, man. I’ve earned the right to sit here and speak. I think there’s a lot of people that are scared and not willing to step up and do it. It’s gonna take a couple of us and it needs to be done.”

Cerrone fights at UFC 205 Saturday, Nov. 12 in New York City. The former UFC lightweight champion says fighters all collectively want better treatment, but don’t have specific set of demands that they all need. That needs to change, he says.

“We have no direction,” Cerrone said. “We have no one to stand up for the fighters’ rights. If something bad were to happen, no one backs him and it’s just him alone and everything gets washed out. We need people to stand up and fight for it.”

One of the more prominent organizations pushing for a fighter’s union, the Professional Fighters Association, is set to announce its¬†executive board of nine fighters sometime next week.

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