ByAmy Kaplan, writer at Creators.co
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Amy Kaplan

Earlier today, a group of UFC fighters and MMA heavy hitters announced the formation of a new fighters association, aptly named the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (#MMAAA).

And now, the #UFC, the main target the association is aimed at reforming, has commented on the news.

"We respect all of our athletes and are always open and willing to hear their thoughts on how to improve the sport," an unnamed UFC official said to MMAFighting.

The comment comes just hours after Tim Kennedy, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, Cain Velasquez, Georges St-Pierre and others aired their grievances on fighter pay, insurance and retirement benefits.

The UFC official advised that they would not comment further at this time, due to a lack of substantial information on the MMAAA.

Bjorn Rebney, former Bellator CEO and one of the faces of the MMAAA, says the group has not reached out to the UFC directly and did not have plans to do so anytime soon.

"There's no reason to (reach out)," Rebney said. "Our structure and what we're doing, and our plan of attack, does not include us reaching out to the UFC. It includes the implementation of strategies that are designed, and have been designed over the last two years, to achieve a very specific set of goals."

Rebney stated that he felt as though the UFC would reach out to them once their plans began to come to fruition.

"At some point, I'm quite comfortable our phone will ring," he said.