In Wake of Legalization the UFC’s Elias Theodorou Calls for Cannabis Therapeutic Exemptions

Today cannabis became legal across Canada for recreational use.  For years before it has also been legal for medicinal purposes.  Despite changing attitudes and laws cannabis remains a banned substance in competition by many State and Provincial Athletic Commissions.  The World Anti Doping Agency removed alcohol and CBD from their prohibited list in 2018.   THC, … More In Wake of Legalization the UFC’s Elias Theodorou Calls for Cannabis Therapeutic Exemptions

WBO Diverts Lawsuit Alleging Ali Act Violations Into Arbitration

Late last month reasons for judgement were published by the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (h/t MMAPayout) upholding an arbitration clause diverting a lawsuit alleging violations of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act from court and into private arbitration. In the recent case (Trout v. WBO) the Plaintiff was a professional … More WBO Diverts Lawsuit Alleging Ali Act Violations Into Arbitration

Plaintiffs Fine Tune Arguments in UFC Anti Trust Lawsuit

Last week the Plaintiffs filed their opposition to Zuffa’s motion for summary judgement in the ongoing antitrust lawsuit alleging unlawful business practices by the UFC. Zuffa is trying to have the lawsuit tossed before trial arguing that, now that discovery is complete, no genuine issue of material fact remains and the case has no chance … More Plaintiffs Fine Tune Arguments in UFC Anti Trust Lawsuit

Jones Secures Reduced Doping Suspension By Providing USADA With “Substantial Assistance”

After testing positive for the steroid turinabol during an in-competition drug test at UFC 214 Jon Jones exposed himself to a host of potential legal consequences given that this was his second anti-doping infraction in the UFC’s USADA era. Today McLaren Global Sports Solutions published their arbitration decision revealing Jon Jones’ fate under the UFC … More Jones Secures Reduced Doping Suspension By Providing USADA With “Substantial Assistance”

$12,000 in Damages Ordered for Piracy of UFC 205

Adding to this site’s archived case summaries of combat sports piracy judgements, reasons were released this week by the US District Court, D. Colorado, ordering Defendants to pay $12,000 in damages for the piracy of UFC 205. In the recent case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. Purple Pig, LLC) the Defendants displayed UFC 205 in a … More $12,000 in Damages Ordered for Piracy of UFC 205

Mara Borella’s Drug Trafficking Suspension and the UFC/USADA Policy

MMA-Today reports that the UFC’s Mara Borella was just handed a 26 year ban by the National Anti Doping Agency of Italy for the distribution and sale of cannabis and cocaine. So what does this mean under the UFC’s custom tailored anti-doping policy?  Perhaps nothing.  As the Jon Jones case illustrated, cocaine use or possession out … More Mara Borella’s Drug Trafficking Suspension and the UFC/USADA Policy

Fabricio Werdum Handed 2 Year Suspension by USADA For Anabolic Agent

Today USADA announced that they handed the UFC’s Fabricio Werdum a 2 year suspension for testing positive for trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on April 25, 2018. Trenbolone is classified as an Anabolic Agent and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. USADA’s full press release reads as follows: … More Fabricio Werdum Handed 2 Year Suspension by USADA For Anabolic Agent

$110,000 in Damages Awarded For Combat Sports Piracy

While courts often assess high damages for commercial piracy of combat sports Pay Per View programming maximum damages are uncommonly awarded.  In a rare example of the latter, reasons for judgement were published earlier this month by the US District Court, M.D. Georgia, Macon division doing exactly that. In the recent case (Joe Hand Promotions, … More $110,000 in Damages Awarded For Combat Sports Piracy

$30,000 Damage Assessment for Piracy of Mayweather Jr. vs Pacquiao

Adding to this site’s archived case summaries of combat sports piracy judgements, reasons were released last week by the US District Court, N.D. Texas, Dallas Division, assessing damages of $30,000 for the piracy of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. In the recent case (J&J Sports Productions, Inc. v. Diaz) the Defendant displayed the boxing PPV program at a … More $30,000 Damage Assessment for Piracy of Mayweather Jr. vs Pacquiao

Study – Retired Fighters Should Be Screened For Hypopituitarism

Adding to this site’s archives of combative sports safety studies, a study was recently published in the Journal of Neurotrauma suggesting that retired combat sports athletes should be screened for hypopituitarism as “traumatic brain injury induced pituitary dysfunction occurs more frequently than previously estimated“. The full study is titled Sports Related Repetitive Head Trauma: A Novel … More Study – Retired Fighters Should Be Screened For Hypopituitarism