Texas Accused of Glaring Anti-Doping Incompetence Following UFC 211

Bloody Elbow’s Iain Kidd, whose reporting has been second to none on this issue, has highlighted a strong case of anti-doping regulatory failure. Cortney Casey, following a victory at UFC 211, was  informed by the Texas Department of Licencing and Regulation, that “she had failed a test due to an elevated T:E ratio“. Her unanimous … More Texas Accused of Glaring Anti-Doping Incompetence Following UFC 211

“Loser Pays” in UFC Piracy Prosecutions is a One Way Street

Reasons for judgement were recently published by the US District Court, N.D. Indiana, Hammond Division, demonstrating that the protections to recover legal fees in US Cable Act piracy prosecutions are a one way street. In the recent case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. Matijevich) the Defendant Matijevich was personally sued, along with an LLC that … More “Loser Pays” in UFC Piracy Prosecutions is a One Way Street

Is Quebec Ignoring Doping Suspensions When Licencing MMA Athletes?

Update June 22, 2017 – According to Boxrec Pliav has also been competing in professional boxing in the US during the course of his doping suspension. _______________________________________________________ It appears that Quebec may be turning a blind eye to doping suspensions when issuing licences for professional MMA. Recently, at TKO 39, Khetag Pliev defeated his opponent, … More Is Quebec Ignoring Doping Suspensions When Licencing MMA Athletes?

Study – Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts Risk Hypernatremic Reactions for Wrestlers

Adding to this site’s archived combat sports safety studies a recent study was published in the Journal of Biomedical Research documenting safety risks for wrestlers who utilize rapid extreme weight cut methods prior to competition.   In short the study found these athletes risked hypernatremic reactions in competition. In the recent study, titled “The effects of Dehydration … More Study – Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts Risk Hypernatremic Reactions for Wrestlers

Bellator Forced to Open the Books in UFC Anti Trust Lawsuit

Earlier this year Zuffa issued subpoenas for a host of Bellator documents including “documents related to the negotiation, termination, cancellation, or transfer” of Bellator Contracts and documents relating to “all income Your Company received from presenting each Professional MMA Event“. After partial Bellator opposition to this wide-sweeping request Magistrate Judge Peggy E. Leen issued reasons setting … More Bellator Forced to Open the Books in UFC Anti Trust Lawsuit

Under the Legal Microscope – Questions Following the Tim Hague Tragedy

Update June 18, 2017 – It is reported that Tim Hague has, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries. __________________________________________ Tragedy has struck the world of combat sports with UFC vet and former King of the Cage Canada heavyweight MMA champion Tim Hague fighting for his life following a boxing bout. Hague was knocked out by Adam … More Under the Legal Microscope – Questions Following the Tim Hague Tragedy

Suspended UFC Fighter Competes in Ontario Muay Thai Contest

Update June 17, 2017 – Muaythai Ontario, the body who regulated this event and has recently obtained Provincial Sport Organization status in the Province, has issued a press release addressing this situation noting that “In paperwork submitted by the athlete it was indicated that the athlete had not tested positive under WADA….The athlete in question … More Suspended UFC Fighter Competes in Ontario Muay Thai Contest

Ontario Legalizes Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Host of Amateur Combat Sports

For years Ontario has ignored section 83 of the Criminal Code creating confusion as to the legality of various combative sports.  At long last this has changed with Ontario passing Order in Council 1087-2017 designating exactly which amateur sports are legal and how they are to be governed. In short, Ontario has designated that the … More Ontario Legalizes Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Host of Amateur Combat Sports

What Exactly is the UFC’s Role in the McGregor / Mayweather Superfight?

Update June 20, 2017 – The NAC replied to my public records request confirming that, at this date, Mayweather Promotions is the only licence promoter for this bout. _____________________________ Today the surprising news broke that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have come to terms for a boxing bout. A key question is … More What Exactly is the UFC’s Role in the McGregor / Mayweather Superfight?