TJ Dillashaw Says UFC Treats Fighters Like Employees, But Without “Benefits”
By FCF Staff
Former UFC bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw is the latest fighter to take issue with how the promotion manages and compensates its fighters.
Recently Dillashaw appeared on Team Alpha Male’s Stud Show Radio, and during it, the dynamic fighter weighed-in on UFC – fighter relations. Here is some of what Dillashaw had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“They treat us like employees, but they don’t give us benefits like employees,” Dillashaw said. “It’s kind of crazy when you think about it. We have to tell them where we’re at at all times, so USADA can show up and drug test us. But we don’t get health benefits. It’s kind of crazy that we are controlled. Any time you have to tell work where you’re at and what you’re doing, that’s considered an employee, not a contractor. They can’t tell a subcontractor what to do and when to do it. So this whole drug-testing thing is kind of crazy and the way they’re making us wear Reebok and all this stuff we have to do. They’re treating us like employees, but not giving us the benefits of an employee.”
Dillashaw is coming off a decision win over Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200, which followed a decision loss to Dominick Cruz in January. The 30 year-old relocated from the Sacramento based Team Alpha Male camp to Team Elevation in Colorado last year.