Elias Theodorou Granted First Ever MMA Cannabis Therapeutic Use Exemption

In most jurisdictions cannabis is banned in-competition for combat sports athletes.  Generally this means that an athlete cannot consume cannabis in the 24 hours prior to competition but otherwise consumption is not considered an anti-doping violation. The problem, however, is there is no satisfactory test which proves in-competition use.  Instead regulators adopt thresholds which are … More Elias Theodorou Granted First Ever MMA Cannabis Therapeutic Use Exemption

Court “Bumps Up” Piracy Damages For McGregor v. Khabib Fight

If a Pay Per View is particularly popular should a court increase damages for piracy?  At least one judge thinks so as demonstrated in reasons for judgment published last month by the US District Court, W.D. Pennsylvania. In the recent case (Zuffa, LLC v. Denise Perris & Lyle Cafe Inc) the Defendants displayed UFC 229 … More Court “Bumps Up” Piracy Damages For McGregor v. Khabib Fight

What Duty Do Licenced Cornermen Have For Fighter Safety? Tim Hague Lawsuit Court Filings Look To Find Out

The latest development in the ongoing Tim Hague wrongful death lawsuit seeks to argue that a fighter’s trainers owe a duty to report prior brain injury to regulators and failing to do so amounts to negligence. (HT to reporter Mike Russell) By way of background Hague, a former UFC fighter, died from brain trauma after … More What Duty Do Licenced Cornermen Have For Fighter Safety? Tim Hague Lawsuit Court Filings Look To Find Out

$8,800 in Damages Awarded For Commercial Piracy of Cotto v. Alvarez

Adding to this site’s archived case summaries of combat sports piracy judgements, reasons were released this week by the United States District Court, D. Maryland, assessing damages for the commercial piracy of the Cotto v. Alvarez boxing card. In this week’s case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. Luz, LLC) the Defendant Tele Mare’s Restaurant, Inc. displayed … More $8,800 in Damages Awarded For Commercial Piracy of Cotto v. Alvarez

Study – Earlier Exposure to Boxing and MMA Competition Linked With Increased Brain Damage

The Professional Fighters Brain Health Study   continues to generate some of the most interesting data and insights into the harm combative sports athletes expose themselves to in their vocation. The latest data shows a relationship between earlier age of first exposure to boxing and MMA and documented brain damage. In the recent study, titled The … More Study – Earlier Exposure to Boxing and MMA Competition Linked With Increased Brain Damage

Victoria, BC School District Approves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu For Grade 10, 11 and 12 Students

In my years covering combat sports legal developments I’ve never delved down to the granular level of a local school district voting.  That said a local bit of combat sports news from Victoria BC seemed worth highlighting. The Greater Victoria School District, which operates 7 secondary schools (high schools), just approved Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as … More Victoria, BC School District Approves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu For Grade 10, 11 and 12 Students

Ringside Doctor “No amount of boxing or MMA is good for the brain”

This week the Association of Ringside Physicians published the third installment of their Journal of Combat Sports Medicine (available on line to ARP members). Among the articles was a thoughtful piece by Dr. Nitin K Sethi, a neurologist and ringside physician, who discussed the tensions between ethical medicine and the duties of being a ringside … More Ringside Doctor “No amount of boxing or MMA is good for the brain”

Study – Observable Brain Damage Different in Active vs Retired Professional Fighters

The Professional Fighters Brain Health Study is generating some of the most interesting data and insights into the harm combative sports athletes expose themselves to in their vocation. The most recent revelation from this ongoing study is that the pattern of brain damage appears to change in active vs retired fighters. The latest study, titled … More Study – Observable Brain Damage Different in Active vs Retired Professional Fighters

Reasons Published in Mark Hunt Doping Lawsuit Dismissal

In 2017 UFC fighter Mark Hunt filed suit against the promotion and Brock Lesnar after Lesnar tested positive for banned substances following their bout at UFC 200. The lawsuit made numerous allegations of legal wrongdoing but was largely dismissed earlier this year with the court making the controversial finding that UFC fighters implicitly agree to … More Reasons Published in Mark Hunt Doping Lawsuit Dismissal

Mayweather-Pacquiao “Fraud” Appeal Dismissed

Following a fight that did not deliver to fan expectations several lawsuits were filed in the aftermath of the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout. The claims were based primarily on allegations of fraud arguing that Pacquiao wrongfully concealed a pre bout injury and had this injury been disclosed prospective fans would not have purchased the bout.  In 2017 … More Mayweather-Pacquiao “Fraud” Appeal Dismissed