Listen as UFC fighter Leslie Smith and I talk about Project Spearhead and her efforts to form a union. In short, UFC fighters are treated like employees but are labeled as independent contractors – which means they don’t get the benefits and pay an employee would. We also talk about how Strippers and Walmart employees have it better than UFC employees, address Jon Fitch’s recent comments about Leslie’s unionization efforts, Leslie getting kicked out of MMAFA, fighters not showing up at their contracted fight weight, stand up comedy, and more!
What exactly is Project Spearhead? Project Spearhead is a vehicle to give the fighters in the UFC more power in negotiations, payments that are reflective of their worth and comprehensive medical insurance both during and after a fighter’s career with the UFC.
Fighters – you can now complete, sign & submit a @ProjSpearhead authorization card 100% electronically from the “Authorization Card” section on https://t.co/fbdQYnTpSI. The card, once completed, will be e-mailed automatically to only our General Counsel to protect confidentiality pic.twitter.com/cMT6NzFMgK
— Project Spearhead (@ProjSpearhead) February 28, 2018
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