Ringside Doctor Discusses When Its OK To Fight With Staph Infection

Following the recent controversial bout with Kevin Lee fighting with an obvious but undisclosed staph infection at UFC 216 I reached out to the Association of Ringside Physicians for comment on when, if at all, it is appropriate to fight with the condition. Dr. Ray Monsell, chairman with the ARP, was kind enough to respond.  … More Ringside Doctor Discusses When Its OK To Fight With Staph Infection

UFC Fighter Lyman Good Files Tainted Supplement Lawsuit

In 2016 UFC fighter Lyman Good tested positive for  1-androstenedione, a substance banned by the United States Anti Doping Agency.  Testing traced the product back to a dietary supplement Good was taking which did not list the substance on its label. Good was nonetheless suspended for 6 months under the UFC’s anti-doping policy as it operates … More UFC Fighter Lyman Good Files Tainted Supplement Lawsuit

Tara LaRosa – Massachusetts Required “Breast Exam” Before I Fought

Update October 20, 2017 – Today Dr. Larry Lovelace, the current president of the Association of Ringside Physicians, responded to me with his personal views as a doctor with over three decades experience in combat sports with respect to the below story.  Here is what he had to say – Hi Eric. I will respond … More Tara LaRosa – Massachusetts Required “Breast Exam” Before I Fought

Kevin Lee Failed to Disclose Staph Infection on NAC Questionnaire

Following his UFC 216 loss to Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee admitted that a visible welt on his chest was a staph infection.  He suggested that he tried his best “to hide it” from regulators. Lee admitted that the staph was known prior to the fight and his trainer noted that “medicine” was being taken to treat … More Kevin Lee Failed to Disclose Staph Infection on NAC Questionnaire

Piracy of Cotto v. Alvarez Leads to $49,825 Judgement

In a judgement on the steeper side of commercial piracy awards reasons for judgment were recently released by the US District Court,  W.D. Texas, San Antonio Division, awarding over $49,000 following piracy of a boxing pay per view program. In the recent case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. AIH Alamo Ice House) the Defendant establishment … More Piracy of Cotto v. Alvarez Leads to $49,825 Judgement

Kurt Holobaugh Suspended for 9 Months By NAC for IV Use

As first reported by Jason Floyd via Twitter, the Nevada Athletic Commission has suspended MMA fighter Kurt Holobaugh for 9 months for IV use in relation to a bout on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in July. Holobaugh defeated his opponent Matt Bessette.  Following the bout Nevada brought disciplinary proceedings alleging Holobaugh used 50 mL … More Kurt Holobaugh Suspended for 9 Months By NAC for IV Use

Nova Scotia Overhauling Combat Sports Legal Landscape

Update October 4, 2017 -This week Bill 12 passed second reading.  Below is the Hansard transcript of the government debate of the bill whereby the current legal problems with Nova Scotia combat sports regulation are acknowledged Bill No. 12 – Boxing Authority Act. MR. SPEAKER « » : The honourable Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. HON. LEO … More Nova Scotia Overhauling Combat Sports Legal Landscape

WADA Removes Alcohol and CBD From Prohibited List in 2018

Today the World Anti Doping Agency published changes to their list of prohibited substances and methods. Among the noteworthy changes are the removal of alcohol from the prohibited list along with CBD. Alcohol was never banned by WADA in or out of competition for combat sports. CBD, on the other hand, was banned in competition … More WADA Removes Alcohol and CBD From Prohibited List in 2018

Are the UFC/USADA Bending the Rules for Andrea “KGB” Lee Signing?

Update September 28, 2017 – MMAFighting now reports that Lee has been pulled from the card. ________________________________________ This week Ariel Helwani announced that flyweight Andrea “KGB” Lee has been signed to the UFC and is scheduled to compete at UFC 216 on October 7. An issue, first raised by @dimspace on Twitter, which deserves further … More Are the UFC/USADA Bending the Rules for Andrea “KGB” Lee Signing?