The Professional Fighters Association may soon receive some firepower, announcing that it will announce its executive board of fighters during the week leading up to UFC 205 on Nov. 12.
PFA officials say nine fighters will be part of the board, though none of the fighters have yet to be named.
“Those nine individuals are going to be responsible for making policy decisions,” Nick Diaz attorney Lucas Middlebrook told MMA Fighting. “As the union starts to collect more authorization cards and gets closer to potentially filing with the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board), or asking for voluntary recognition, there’s certain things that you have to do both from an administrative end and from a legal standpoint.
“You have to have a constitution and bylaws that end up getting filed with the Department of Labor, and there’s things in those constitutions and bylaws that you’re really going to want fighters to start making the decisions on. You can amend those at a later date, but you don’t want just a lawyer and an agent drafting that for the fighters. This is something they should have input on. It’s going to be their union. So ultimately the executive board is going to be empowered with making policy decisions for the union going forward and administrative decisions on when we’re ready to file with the NLRB.”
The PFA first made its existence known in August, hosting a media conference in Las Vegas in the week leading up to UFC 202. Spearheaded by popular baseball agent Jeff Borris, the PFA hopes to serve as an advocate for contracted fighters under the UFC banner.
Many UFC fighters have been vocal about starting a union to better protect themselves, though none have aligned with the PFA.