Today the Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Association launched a new website. Included at the site are articles, videos, archived podcasts and other media addressing issues important to the organization. Fighters, Press and Supporters can sign up for the organizations newsletters as well. Among the information contained there is the following background and mission statement of the organization
The Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Association (“MMAFA”) is an association comprised entirely of mixed martial artists and their trainers. Modeled closely after the Major League Baseball Players’ Association and the Screen Actors Guild, the MMAFA will be led and directed by its members and their elected member representatives. The MMAFA aims to maximize the influence and earning capacity of its members in the sport of mixed martial arts.The trademarks, logos, website, domains, and all other property of the MMAFA will be held in trust for the collective benefit of MMAFA members. The MMAFA provides its members with a brand that can be monetized through the sale of merchandise, and through licensing to third parties. The MMAFA also provides the following to all of its members:
- Media platform and publicity vehicle to promote and publicize the activities of our members;
- Revenue maximization through merchandising and licensing of collective brand; and
- Lobbying, and if necessary, litigation vehicle.
The Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Association assisted its members in a breach of contract dispute with promoter EliteXC. The MMAFA, on behalf of its members, forwarded a demand letter to EliteXC officials seeking a release of its members from EliteXC contracts. The MMAFA also drafted a complaint that it was prepared to file in the event that EliteXC refused to voluntarily release the fighters from their promotional agreements. The dispute was resolved shortly thereafter when Strikeforce, a mixed martial arts promotion, acquired the promotional agreements of fighters in an asset sale.
The MMAFA’s mission statement is set forth below:
a) To bring together in this organization, regardless of race, creed, color or nationality, all competitive mixed martial artists, coaches and trainers.
b) To establish improvements in the economic, physical and security conditions of employment for mixed martial artists, coaches and trainers.
c) To provide information and assistance to mixed martial artists, coaches and trainers and engage in activities to advance and safeguard their welfare.
d) To establish, conduct, and maintain such educational, recreational, social and charitable enterprises as may assist in the advancement of the Association and it Members.
e) To develop such projects and enterprises which will bring further benefits and revenues to Members as individuals or to the Association as an entity.
f) To promote and foster the best interest of mixed martial arts.
g) To take all steps and actions, consistent with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association, to implement and carry out the objects, rights, activities and responsibilities of this organization.