Are Chokes in MMA Dangerous For Brain Function? Doctors Debate the Issue

Update June 13, 2019 – I shared this article with Dr. John Neidecker, a Sports Medicine Physician, Sports Concussion Specialist and present Vice President of the Association of Ringside Physicians who was kind enough to read the entire study, the critique, and weighed in with the following views:   Please let me read the full … More Are Chokes in MMA Dangerous For Brain Function? Doctors Debate the Issue

Ontario’s new Combative Sports Act Passes Into Law

Last month Ontario Introduced a combat sports bill which sought to overhaul how professional and amateur combative sports are regulated in the Province.  The bill has now passed into law. On May 29, 2019 Bill 100 (Schedule 9 of which is the new Combative Sports Act) passed Third Reading and Received Royal Assent.  This means … More Ontario’s new Combative Sports Act Passes Into Law

Former UFC Fighter Tim Hague Diagnosed With CTE Via Autopsy

Several former UFC fighters have come forward in recent years admitting they are living with the consequences of CTE.  The disease, however, can only be formally diagnosed at this time after death via autopsy. It appears the first formal diagnosis of CTE has now been made in a former UFC fighter. Tim Hague, known as … More Former UFC Fighter Tim Hague Diagnosed With CTE Via Autopsy

Tim Hague Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Edmonton Combative Sports Commission

Tim Hague, a former UFC fighter, died from brain trauma after a boxing bout on June 16, 2017 in Edmonton Alberta.  He was clearly outmatched being knocked down 3 times in the first round with an arguable 4th knockdown that the referee deemed a slip. In the second round Hague was dropped for a fourth … More Tim Hague Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Edmonton Combative Sports Commission

Ex UFC Fighter Alex Gorgees Receives Reduced Doping Suspension for “Immediate” Cooperation

Today USADA, the UFC’s privately hired anti doping program administrator, announced that Alex Gorgees has accepted a 16 month suspension for doping. Gorgees tested positive for a metabolite of drostanolone and a long-term metabolite of dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT) as the result of a urine sample provided in-competition on December 2, 2018 at UFC Fight Night in … More Ex UFC Fighter Alex Gorgees Receives Reduced Doping Suspension for “Immediate” Cooperation

Yoel Romero Reportedly Awarded $27.45 million in Tainted Supplement Lawsuit

Update May 29, 2019 – ESPN’s Marc Raimondi reports that this judgement was indeed a default judgement.  This means the supplement manufacturer never bothered responding to the lawsuit allowing the court to find them at fault by default and also that the damages being requested were not opposed by anyone.  When a Defendant fails to … More Yoel Romero Reportedly Awarded $27.45 million in Tainted Supplement Lawsuit

Study Documents Harmful Effects of Extreme Weight Cutting in MMA

Adding to the literature supporting the dangers of extreme weight cutting in combat sports, a recent study was published documenting various harmful effects from the practice for a mixed martial artist. In the recent study, titled Extreme Weight Making Causes Relative Energy Deficiency, Dehydration and Acute Kidney Injury in a Male Mixed Martial Arts Athlete, … More Study Documents Harmful Effects of Extreme Weight Cutting in MMA

Study – Depression May Suggest Future Cognitive Changes for Fighters

Adding to this site’s combat sports safety study archives, a study was recently published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation suggesting that athletes exposed to repetitive head impacts that develop depression may be facing further cognitive impairments in the future. In the recent study titled The Relations Among Depression , Cognition and Brain Volume … More Study – Depression May Suggest Future Cognitive Changes for Fighters