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A New MMA League Could Be Forming, You Interested?

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The combat sports landscape is about to get a whole lot bigger, and structured more like the NFL, as a new mixed martial arts league makes its 2023 debut.

MMAMania.com reports the new league, which would feature revenue-sharing, would also feature health insurance, and a pension, for those fighters who don’t feel like waiting around for the MMAAA lawsuit.

“According to sources, a number of influential industry individuals have come together to create a new MMA league that is structured more like the NBA/NHL/NFL rather than your typical MMA promotion,” longtime MMA reporter Ariel Helwani wrote on his website. “This new league would also include an athlete association that implements a [collective bargaining agreement] with 50/50 revenue share, guaranteed contracts, health insurance, career-ending insurance and a pension plan. The plan is to announce the venture in the coming days, I’m told. They are hoping to launch in 2023.”

Anyone else feeling nostalgic? What are your thoughts?

Written by Meg Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. I hope it fails miserably. I’m sure these are anti Dana White type folks looking to usurp the UFC. The amount of money it would take to guarantee pensions and injury insurance and all the other things they said right out of the gate would be astronomical. We’ll see what happens but I doubt this happens. You think the UFC would just sit back and let this new league poach it’s fighters, I sure as hell don’t. Plus the fighters are under contracts. I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC didn’t start signing its fighters to 10 fight contracts or something similar to lock them up long term.

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