The Business of MMA: As the UFC’s grip loosens, free agency takes center stage

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: Eddie Alvarez celebrates after defeating Justin Gaethje in their lightweight bout during the UFC 218 event inside Little Caesars Arena on December 02, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) The balance of power in contract negotiations is changing in favor of fighters, with no signs of slowing down  Over the past couple of decades the UFC has dealt with competition in the marketplace in one of two ways. Either buy out a rival promotion or lure away their biggest stars. For the most part, this strategy has...

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