Study – “Acute and Transient Brain Changes” Seen After 9 Minutes of Boxing Sparring

Adding to this site’s combat sports safety study archives, a study was recently published in Frontiers of Human Neuroscience suggesting that sparring with head impacts for even a short duration results in immediate measurable impact in cognitive function. In the study, titled Understanding the consequences of Repetitive Subconcussive Head Impacts in Sport: Brain changes and dampened … More Study – “Acute and Transient Brain Changes” Seen After 9 Minutes of Boxing Sparring

City of Edmonton Looks To Hide Behind Waiver in Tim Hague Wrongful Death Suit

Update August 13, 2019 – KO Boxing, the promoter for the bout in question and co-Defendant in the lawsuit have now filed their Statement of Defense.  They conclude with the following position: “At the time of the Braidwood fight, the Deceased was an adult with the capacity to make decisions affecting his health and safety, … More City of Edmonton Looks To Hide Behind Waiver in Tim Hague Wrongful Death Suit

Did Regulators Deceive the Public About Brock Lesnar’s UFC Pay?

Information recently revealed in the UFC anti trust lawsuit disclosed Brock Lesnar pay details.  These details revealed pay far greater than reported previously by athletic commissions. Is this a problem?  Perhaps. Athletic Commissions require varying contractual disclosure to be filed with them setting out contracted athlete pay.  This serves 2 purposes.  The first is to … More Did Regulators Deceive the Public About Brock Lesnar’s UFC Pay?

ABC Overhauls “Grounded” Fighter Definition in Hopes to Re-Unify Rule

The definition of a grounded fighter in MMA is important as knees and kicks to the head of such an opponent are prohibited.  In 2016 the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (the “ABC”) softened the rule with the belief that some fighters were gaming the system by changing from standing to grounded by … More ABC Overhauls “Grounded” Fighter Definition in Hopes to Re-Unify Rule

Should Dillian Whyte Have Been Provisionally Suspended by the UKAD Before The Rivas Bout?

Update July 30, 2019 – Today the WBC handed Whyte a provisional suspension releasing the following statement An “A” Sample UKAD collected from Mr. Dillian Whyte in relation with his bout against Oscar Rivas yielded an adverse finding. In light of that adverse finding, and pending the outcome of the WBC’s own investigation and adjudicatory … More Should Dillian Whyte Have Been Provisionally Suspended by the UKAD Before The Rivas Bout?

UFC’s Alen Amedovski Receives USADA Supsension for Marijuana

Cannabis remains banned in-competition under the UFC’s custom tailored USADA anti doping program.  Today USADA revealed that Alen Amedovski was handed a 6 month suspension for testing positive for Carboxy-THC at a urinary concentration exceeding the permitted limits for the in-competition timeframe on April 20, 2019, at Fight Night 149 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. His … More UFC’s Alen Amedovski Receives USADA Supsension for Marijuana

France to Legalize Pro and Amateur MMA as of January 1, 2020

France is one of the most high profile countries yet to legalize Mixed Martial Arts.  Today it was announced that the longstanding ban will be coming to an end as of January 1, 2020. Roxana Maracineanu, France’s Minister of Sports, tweeted the following announcement noting the sport will be legalized and governed by a yet … More France to Legalize Pro and Amateur MMA as of January 1, 2020

Let’s Talk the Toe Kick Oilcheck and MMA’s Unified Rules

Update: MMA refereeing pioneer and co-writer of the unified rules John McCarthy was kind enough to weigh in with his views on this topic: _________________________________________________ The now famous toe kick oilcheck.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about I can do no better job describing the incident than the one and only Robin Black.  … More Let’s Talk the Toe Kick Oilcheck and MMA’s Unified Rules

Documenting Bare Knuckle Boxing Legality

When this site started several years back MMA was illegal in certain jurisdictions and regulatory progress was mapped out.  Now Bare Knuckle Boxing “BKB” is walking a similar path and its regulatory story, much like MMA’s, is intriguing as many athletic commissions use creative reasoning in allowing the sport. This post will be updated from … More Documenting Bare Knuckle Boxing Legality

NYSAC’s Chief Medical Officer Calls For Standardized Concussion Screening in Boxing and MMA

Just as regulatory standards differ across jurisdictions when it comes to combative sports, so do concussion/brain injury screening protocols before and after a bout.  Hoping to change this scattered landscape Dr. Nitin K Sethi, the Chief Medical Officer, New York State Athletic Commission and Associate Professor of Neurology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital published the following suggested … More NYSAC’s Chief Medical Officer Calls For Standardized Concussion Screening in Boxing and MMA