Jon Fitch used to call the octagon his home. Now, the WSOF title contender is in a midst of a ten-month battle with the UFC and with no end in sight, he plans to be a thought in the company’s mind for a long time.
In late 2014 it was announced that Jon Fitch, Cung Le and a small collection of former UFC fighters would be suing the company in a class action lawsuit for having a monopoly on the sport. They accused the UFC of “systematically eliminating competition from rival promoters” as well as “artificially” suppressing fighter’s earnings from bouts.
“We want to put pressure on them to make them change, because if they don’t, in four years, there will just be another suit filed,” Fitch told MMA Junkie. “This will be an ongoing thing forever and ever.”
A recent breakthrough in the case was made when the court allowed the UFC fighters and their lawyers to look at confidential UFC documents such as pay, which could reveal some secrets on how the UFC does business.
“I think there wold be quite a large gap in what they’re saying that they’re paying people and what they’re actually making, and just the things that they do that we kind of know of with how they treat fighters and the type of pressure they put on people that I don’t really think is legal,” Fitch continued.
Companies thrive on creativity and nothing forces a brand to think outside the box quite like competition does. The end goal for Fitch and company is to open up the market for the sport of mixed martial arts, ultimately giving the fighters more opportunities to make money.
“Ultimately, the end game here is to open up the market,” he said. “We want them to open up their contracts and we want other entities that have big money to come in and put on big shows because they can afford it. Back when Mark Cuban was trying to get into the sport, and he wanted to do Randy Couture and Fedor (Emelianenko), well, that would have been a huge card and made a lot money. But because of the way contracts are, it didn’t happen.”
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