It’s a new day in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), as news broke earlier today (Thurs., Aug. 11, 2016) that the Professional Fighters Association (PFA) is officially in business (read the full report here).
So how did some of Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) biggest stars — as well as those from other organizations — react to the news? While there were a few sentiments expressed from the usual suspects such as former UFC stars Cung Le, Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry -- who all started the ball rolling years back with the UFC antitrust lawsuit -- Twitter was eerily quite following the landmark announcement in regard to active UFC fighters.
I'm just one of many my friend. Fighters standing up for our rights. https://t.co/obiKIt1C5f— Nathan Quarry (@NateRockQuarry) August 11, 2016
Of course, that's not to say fighters haven't caught wind of the news and perhaps expressed their elation in private or to their own social circle, but, it's rather odd that some of the previous outspoken athletes such as T.J. Dillashaw, Jose Aldo and even Mark Hunt -- who threatened to start a union on the heals of the Brock Lesnar debacle -- have yet to touch on the news on social media.
As we've seen in the past, when it comes to landmark deals and/or breaking news that could affect their careers, most fighters are quick to offer up a response on Twitter (examples here, here and here). Anyone have any guesses as to why the radio silence this time around?
For more information on the newly-formed PFA visit ProFighters.org.