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    Recently, the world of MMA received news that UFC fighter Junie Browning attempted to commit suicide. Later, while at the hospital to receive treatment, Browning subsequently attacked and assaulted hospital personnel, landing him in jail.

    This obvious cry for help has gone by seemingly unnoticed by UFC president Dana White, who, after Browning?s episode, released him from his contract.

    While I believe that White should not be held responsible for Browning?s actions, I think that*the UFC*should do the right thing and get Browning the help that he needs to get his life back on track.

    I am no expert when it comes to fighter?s contracts and the provisions within, but with the UFC?s decision to cut Browning, it is*apparent that fighters have a very limited blanket of protection if any.

    Who, if anyone, is looking out for the well being of the fighters? What can fighters do to prevent something like this from happening in the future?

    Perhaps the fighters should look into more than just their own contracts. Perhaps they should begin to start thinking about what is right for their fellow athletes. Perhaps the time has come to band together and seek more incentive from the company that they fight for.

    Take a look around the landscape of professional sports here in America. Professional athletes in just about every other sport have formed unions to provide greater benefits and protections for themselves. Athletes learned long ago that while management has the money, they have the power. Without athletes to compete, there would be no sporting events for owners to profit from.

    Athlete unions were an essential evolution in the world of professional sports. As athletic competition began bringing in more and more money, the athletes realized that their percentage of that money was shrinking. But the purpose of these unions went far deeper than just money.

    The athletes began to realize that they needed to think about more long-term benefits, such as health care, pension plans, and substance abuse programs.

    The fighters for the UFC should begin to take a long hard look at the growth of the UFC and the sport in general and should begin to start thinking about benefiting the group as a whole.

    A point that should be addressed first and foremost would deal with a substance abuse policy. The UFC as an employer should at least have to provide some form of treatment plan for fighters that are dealing with substance problems. Once that has been established then fighters could focus on revenue sharing, health care and pension issues.

    A union may not necessarily be the way to go for the fighters but they should definitely be looking to acting more as a collective. The fighters need to be working towards improved contract terms and more protection as a whole.

    A union may not be the answer right now, but we could see the progression in the future if certain issues are not addressed today.

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    Wont happen.

    and F' Junie Browning.
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    I think Junie needs to man up a start acting like an adult and a professional. He needs to quit acting like poor white trash all the time. Hell even Joe Dirt got his act together.
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    I love the Joe Dirt quote, hilarious movie. I do think the fighters might want to think about a union, though. This is definately one of the roughest ways to make a living. As far as I can find, the only way the UFC covers any sort of the fighters health care is if they are hurt during a fight. If Dana makes fighters sign a contract that they will only fight for the UFC, then the UFC should at least provide some sort of help with healthcare while they are under contract. Getting hurt while training happens all the time. He also seems to be able to cut anyone at anytime, although they can't go out and fight in another organization whenever they want. Hell, he evern banned Affliction t-shirts for a while. That means he is controlling their sponsors, too. I'm not for a union like the ridiculous ones in baseball and basketball, but some sort of hybrid like football and hockey would be ok. Substance abuse programs would be nice, but you should be able to opt out of them if they are on some sort of healthcare plan and you don't have a problem. No need for someone else paying for your mistakes. But if you do opt out and fail a drug test (steroids, weed, ect...) then they should be able to cut you. But, like Pimach said, it probably won't happen.

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    LOL - my kids always talk about Joe Dirt eating french fries off the meteorite he found.

    UFC contracts are entirely one sided and that has always bothered me. And that's why the UFC signs people to long contracts, they can get out of them but the fighter's can't

    The article is written is as if no one thought of that before. The UFC are cheap as hell and would never let someone else have that much say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
    LOL - my kids always talk about Joe Dirt eating french fries off the meteorite he found.

    UFC contracts are entirely one sided and that has always bothered me. And that's why the UFC signs people to long contracts, they can get out of them but the fighter's can't

    The article is written is as if no one thought of that before. The UFC are cheap as hell and would never let someone else have that much say.

    *grabs popcorn and awaits OBC and Zapp response*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimach View Post
    *grabs popcorn and awaits OBC and Zapp response*
    What can they say? "no one forced them to sign these contracts" - that's it. That applied to every job.

    I doubt they can say no one is interested in unionizing or that the UFC would be cool with it. Or that their contracts are balanced.

    Is Adolf's warehouse unionized? From the way he described the chintzy health insurance he provides, I doubt it.
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    f junie i agree he isn't worth redrafting the sport but i do feel sorry for the guys who have injuries like forrests broken arm that was never attended to and he has a lump on his forearm, i think it's forrest anyway. these guys should have medical for injuries sustained in the course and scope of their contracts. that's all, but from what i read about the nfl these health plans are all they are cracked up to be anyway. and if obama has his way with a health plan we will all be getting the same care as the prisoners.
    but then again, i may be retarded

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    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
    What can they say? "no one forced them to sign these contracts" - that's it. That applied to every job.

    I doubt they can say no one is interested in unionizing or that the UFC would be cool with it. Or that their contracts are balanced.

    Is Adolf's warehouse unionized? From the way he described the chintzy health insurance he provides, I doubt it.
    I knew you were going to take personal shots at me Claudale. At my company, we hand pick our employees. We have relationships with them. We consider them part of our family. Sure the wages and benefits are slightly lower than industry standards, but with us you have job security. Instead of laying off employees in the lean times, we cut back on coffee and we ask employees to come in early/stay late, but receive pay for 8 hours. This sacrifice on their part allows us to keep everyone on board and when times get better, you can bet they will see it in raises and supplies returned to the break room. We are a family. We don't need a union.
    Lets go Brent!

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