Report Reviewing Tim Hague’s Death Released Today; Athletic Commission Criticized

Today the long awaited report by accounting firm MNP was released reviewing the regulatory circumstances surrounding Tim Hague’s death.  Hague died following a boxing bout in Edmonton in June 2017. The report’s mandate was not to allocate blame as the authors reminded readers with the following bold text “This review was not conducted to make any … More Report Reviewing Tim Hague’s Death Released Today; Athletic Commission Criticized

Time Served! UK Anti Doping Hit Tyson Fury With Two Year Retroactive Ban Ending Tonight

Today Tyson Fury learned his fate from allegations of a 2015 anti-doping violation.  Time served. Fury tested positive for presence of elevated levels of nandrolone metabolites in urine samples provided following his February 2015 victory against Christian Hammer. Charges were not brought until June 2016 by which time Fury has already competed again. UK Anti … More Time Served! UK Anti Doping Hit Tyson Fury With Two Year Retroactive Ban Ending Tonight

Did Edmonton Unwittingly Ban the WWE in Their Combat Sports Moratorium?

Update December 13, 2017– The WWE has now announced that their planned bout in Edmonton in February is “postponed” citing the newly passed moratorium.  The below announcement was just posted on Rogers Place’s website. “Following new guidelines established by Edmonton’s city council, WWE’s event on Friday, February 9 at Rogers Place has been postponed. The WWE is … More Did Edmonton Unwittingly Ban the WWE in Their Combat Sports Moratorium?

Tim Hague’s Family Hires Lawyer To Sue City of Edmonton Following Boxer’s Death; Legal Issues in Play

Today MMA reporter Mike Russell tweeted that the family of Tim Hague has hired a lawyer and are pursuing a wrongful death prosecution against the City of Edmonton. Hague died following a boxing bout in Edmonton in June 2017.  Viewer discretion is advised. Questions have swirled about whether the bout should have been approved, whether … More Tim Hague’s Family Hires Lawyer To Sue City of Edmonton Following Boxer’s Death; Legal Issues in Play

Edmonton Pulls the Plug on Combat Sports Until 2019

Today Edmonton announced that the City has issued a moratorium on professional combat sports events starting December 9, 2017 which will stay in force until “December 31, 2018, or until Council provides further direction.” Earlier this year boxer and former UFC fighter Tim Hague died while competing in a bout overseen by the Edmonton Combative … More Edmonton Pulls the Plug on Combat Sports Until 2019

Piracy of Mayweather vs. Pacquaio Leads to $13,000 Damage Award

Reasons for judgement were recently released by the US District Court, D. Oregon, Portland Division, assessing damages of $13,000 for the commercial piracy of the Mayweather vs. Pacquaio bout. In the recent case (J & J Sports Productions, Inc. v. Silva) the Defendants displayed the boxing pay per view program in a commercial establishment without … More Piracy of Mayweather vs. Pacquaio Leads to $13,000 Damage Award

Recent Study Finds Rapid Weight Cuts Not Associated With Competitive Success for Elite Boxers

Adding to the list of this site’s archived combative sports safety studies, research was recently published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performace finding that Rapid Weight Loss was not associated with competitive success for boxers. In the recent study, titled Rapid Weight Loss Is Not Associated With Competitive Success in Elite Youth … More Recent Study Finds Rapid Weight Cuts Not Associated With Competitive Success for Elite Boxers

Ontario Legalizes Amateur Grappling and Pankration Tournaments; BJJ Remains Illegal

Update November 30, 2017– I contacted Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for clarification about what rules the designated PSO is allowed to use when overseeing grappling and pankration contests.  In a somewhat baffling reply the Ministry is taking the position that BJJ is not ‘grappling’ and remains illegal in Ontario despite this recent … More Ontario Legalizes Amateur Grappling and Pankration Tournaments; BJJ Remains Illegal

Former UFC Fighter Handed 10 Month Jail Sentence For Fight Fixing

The Korea Herald reports that former UFC fighter Bang Tae-hyun has been handed a 10 month jail term after agreeing to take a dive at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul on Nov. 28, 2015. Bang apparently agreed to lose his fight but the UFC got wind that something was amiss when betting lines dramatically shifted … More Former UFC Fighter Handed 10 Month Jail Sentence For Fight Fixing

Arkansas Reportedly Allows HIV Positive Boxer to Compete

Kirik Jenness of MixedMartialArts.com  has published a concerning story involving Arkansas allowing a boxer who previously tested positive for HIV to compete. Jenness notes as follows: “Michael Mazzulli, President of the Association of Boxing Commissions, recently reached out to the Governor of Arkansas, alleging that the Arkansas Athletic Commission knowingly allowed an HIV positive boxer to engage in … More Arkansas Reportedly Allows HIV Positive Boxer to Compete