Earlier this week it was reported that MMA fighters Nate Diaz and Leslie Smith along with lawyer Sam Awad were being sued for alleged breach of contract along with other claims. I have had a chance to review the Plaintiff’s petition (h/t to Marc Raimondi for providing me with a copy) and a few questions … More Thoughts and Questions on the Nate Diaz Lawsuit
Update June 22, 2017 – According to Boxrec Pliav has also been competing in professional boxing in the US during the course of his doping suspension. _______________________________________________________ It appears that Quebec may be turning a blind eye to doping suspensions when issuing licences for professional MMA. Recently, at TKO 39, Khetag Pliev defeated his opponent, … More Is Quebec Ignoring Doping Suspensions When Licencing MMA Athletes?
Adding to this site’s archived combat sports safety studies a recent study was published in the Journal of Biomedical Research documenting safety risks for wrestlers who utilize rapid extreme weight cut methods prior to competition. In short the study found these athletes risked hypernatremic reactions in competition. In the recent study, titled “The effects of Dehydration … More Study – Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts Risk Hypernatremic Reactions for Wrestlers
Earlier this year Zuffa issued subpoenas for a host of Bellator documents including “documents related to the negotiation, termination, cancellation, or transfer” of Bellator Contracts and documents relating to “all income Your Company received from presenting each Professional MMA Event“. After partial Bellator opposition to this wide-sweeping request Magistrate Judge Peggy E. Leen issued reasons setting … More Bellator Forced to Open the Books in UFC Anti Trust Lawsuit
Update June 18, 2017 – It is reported that Tim Hague has, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries. __________________________________________ Tragedy has struck the world of combat sports with UFC vet and former King of the Cage Canada heavyweight MMA champion Tim Hague fighting for his life following a boxing bout. Hague was knocked out by Adam … More Under the Legal Microscope – Questions Following the Tim Hague Tragedy
Update June 17, 2017 – Muaythai Ontario, the body who regulated this event and has recently obtained Provincial Sport Organization status in the Province, has issued a press release addressing this situation noting that “In paperwork submitted by the athlete it was indicated that the athlete had not tested positive under WADA….The athlete in question … More Suspended UFC Fighter Competes in Ontario Muay Thai Contest
For years Ontario has ignored section 83 of the Criminal Code creating confusion as to the legality of various combative sports. At long last this has changed with Ontario passing Order in Council 1087-2017 designating exactly which amateur sports are legal and how they are to be governed. In short, Ontario has designated that the … More Ontario Legalizes Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Host of Amateur Combat Sports
Update June 20, 2017 – The NAC replied to my public records request confirming that, at this date, Mayweather Promotions is the only licence promoter for this bout. _____________________________ Today the surprising news broke that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have come to terms for a boxing bout. A key question is … More What Exactly is the UFC’s Role in the McGregor / Mayweather Superfight?
After Ariel Helwani was ‘banned for life’ by the UFC when scooping the story of Brock Lesnar’s return for UFC 200, the community rallied around him and public pressure was strong enough for the UFC to make a quick 180 on this decision. The benefits of having a unified voice appears to have resonated with … More Reporters Launch “MMA Journalists Association”
Adding to this site’s archives of piracy awards for UFC Pay Per View lawsuits, reasons for judgement were recently published by the US District Court, D. Idaho, awarding $8,200 in damages against a defendant found liable after displaying 2 UFC events. In the recent case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. Hetemi) the Defendant displayed UFC … More $8,200 in Damages Awarded After Piracy of UFC Events with Little Monetary Gain