The fighters themselves have been surprisingly willing to talk about the possibility of organizing. "I feel like it's inevitable," said Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, a popular lightweight and welterweight fighter. Cerrone said he only has medical insurance to cover injuries during fights or fight camp, "but I have no dental. I'd like dental."
Others agreed. "We go out there, and we train, put our bodies through the ringer, really lay our lives on the line," said bantamweight fighter Cody Garbrandt. "We'd like to have insurance, 401(k), all that stuff."
"It would be great for us," said female bantamweight fighter Elizabeth Phillips. Japanese fighter Takeya Mizugaki said through a translator, "I wonder why it didn't happen sooner."
Newcomers are less reluctant to discuss the issue. "Whatever they do, I'm sure it's in the best interest for us as the athletes," said first-time fighter Mike Perry. Max Griffin, who just signed a four-fight deal, took a neutral tone. "I'm the new guy, so I'm just trying to see what happens."
Supporters may end up with a very big name in their corner. "I see it as something maybe in the future to get involved with," said McGregor.
For most fighters, however, Colby Covington may have summed it up best. "I think a union could be good, but I'm not going to be putting my name out there to be at the front of the list," he said. "I don't want to step on UFC's toes. I want to better my career and my life."