Update May 5, 2021 – I contacted Jeff Novitzky who confirms he shared data on marijuana impaired driving with Florida regulators that was previously used in congressional hearings. The data includes useful information on how divorced blood and urine testing for cannabis is from documenting actual impairment. Data, including the below excerpts, proved persuasive in … More Florida Removes Cannabis As Banned Substance in Combat Sports
Imagine being a world class boxer. An Olympian. A gold medalist. Turning pro. Climbing the ranks. Fighting for a world title. And being told you have to fight two minute rounds. Imagine then seeing Jake Paul, a YouTube celebrity with no boxing background, granted a pro licence and making millions fighting other untrained boxers. As … More Sexism or Science? WBC Women Championship Rules –
Adding to this site’s archives of combat sports piracy caselaw, reasons for judgment were recently published by the United States District Court, D. New Jersey, partly dismissing a UFC request for summary judgement in a commercial piracy case. In the recent case (Zuffa, LLC v. Lavecchia) the Defendant displayed UFC 237 at a bar without … More UFC Denied Summary Judgement in Commercial Piracy Case Shown on ESPN+
Finding a quick, efficient and objective way to diagnose traumatic brain injury is one of the advances medical science continues to strive for. A goal that would have particular value in combat sports. A recent study published in the journal Neurology identifies a biomarker which is promising in reaching this goal. In the recent study, … More “Attractive” Biomarker Identified for Diagnosing Brain Injury
Former UFC champion Eddie Alvarez was handed a disqualification loss to Iuri Lapicus at an event promoted earlier this month by ONE Championship. ONE, a promotion based out of Singapore, self regulates their own events. Unlike the North American model where bouts are overseen by State, Provincial, Tribal (or sometimes municipal) Athletic Commissions ONE acts … More Secret Panel Changes Eddie Alvarez Loss to No Contest
This week it was announced that UFC fighter Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal is going to launch a bare knuckle MMA promotion with the first event apparently scheduled to take place later this year in Miami, Florida. If you followed the sport since the beginning you know that MMA started as a bare knuckle affair. It did … More Bare Knuckle MMA To Use Same Loophole as Bare Knuckle Boxing?
Adding to this site’s database of combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published in the Journal of Hypertension finding that rapid extreme weight cutting by a mixed martial artist was likley linked to renal damage. In the study, titled “IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) WEIGHT LOSS BY DEHYDRATION RESULTS IN ACUTE EFFECTS ON KIDNEY FUNCTION“, … More Study – Rapid Weght Cuts By MMA Fighter Linked to Renal Damage
This weekend Regis Prograis faced off against Ivan Redkatch in the Triller Fight Club co-main event. Prograis dominated the fight until the bizarre ending where a low blow was called following a punch that looked like it hit nowhere near the groin. Redkatch writhed around in purported pain before being carried out on a stretcher. The … More Georgia Low Blow Rule Changes Prograis v. Redkatch Bout To TKO Victory
The Association of Ringside Physicians, one of the leading organizations addressing health and safety standards in combat sports, has recently released a consensus statement about when fighters should be pulled from a bout based on their pre fight blood pressure levels. In short the ARP notes that elevated blood pressure is a danger for fighters … More ARP Releases Consensus Statement on Safe Fighter Pre Bout Blood Pressure Levels
Laying hands on an opponent at a weigh in is a terrible idea. Although not totally uncommon either out of bad blood or simply a cheap trick to hype a fight, unexpected consequences can follow and these can lead to legal consequences,. This week Jeremy Stephens shoved Drakkar Klose, his scheduled opponent at UFC Vegas … More Weigh in Shove Leads to Injury and Cancelled Bout. Legal Consequences to Follow?