“My Teammate Injected a Mexican Supplement in My Ass and I did not Read the Label” Is Not a Good Anti Doping Defence

This week a tribunal released a written decision upholding a UK Anti Doping 2 year ban handed to boxer Eric Molina who tested positive for Dexamethasone after his December 10, 2016 bout against Anthony Joshua. Dexmethasone is a ‘specified substance‘ and is only banned in competition under the UK Anti Doping rules.  It brings a … More “My Teammate Injected a Mexican Supplement in My Ass and I did not Read the Label” Is Not a Good Anti Doping Defence

Fighter Loses Appeal From MMA Decision Loss After Shortened Bout

Last month Serena DeJesus made headlines becoming the first female MMA fighter with autism to compete in the sport as a professional.  She won a unanimous decision victory against Kelly Clayton. 17 days after the event Clayton appealed her loss arguing the referee erroneously failed to stop the clock after an accidental eye poke.  This … More Fighter Loses Appeal From MMA Decision Loss After Shortened Bout

Pennsylvania Introduces Trial Weight Cut Reform Program Based on Fighter Body Composition

Mixed Martial Arts has a problem with rapid extreme weight cutting.  The tactic has led to death, permanent injury and an ever growing list of health consequences for fighters who resort to extreme practices to end up competing against opponents who are ultimately somewhat similar in size. Pennsylvania is the latest jurisdiction to attempt to … More Pennsylvania Introduces Trial Weight Cut Reform Program Based on Fighter Body Composition

What Ray Borg’s Legal Team Can Learn From Ronda Rousey’s Contract Arbitration Ruling

This week it is reported that UFC Fighter Ray Borg is facing a lawsuit for allegations that he breached a contract with his former management team Wild Bunch Management, LLC. MMAJunkie’s Steven Marrocco obtained a copy of the pleadings which can be found here. The lawsuit alleges that Borg entered into a Fighter Management Agreement … More What Ray Borg’s Legal Team Can Learn From Ronda Rousey’s Contract Arbitration Ruling

Leslie Smith Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against the UFC

As discussed last month, the UFC’s decision accelerate and end their contractual relationship with Leslie Smith has opened a can of worms. Smith is the interim president of Project Spearhead and was the most vocal active roster UFC fighter advocating for fighter organization at the time the promotion chose to part ways with her. Smith … More Leslie Smith Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against the UFC

$18,000 in Damages Ordered For Piracy of Pacquiao v. Bradley

In the latest piracy prosecution for a combat sports Pay Per View event, reasons for judgement were released last week ordering $18,000 in damages for the piracy of Pacquiao v. Bradley. In the recent case (J&J Sports Productions , Inc. v. Catsup Burger Bar) the Defendants displayed the PPV bout without paying the commercial sub-licensing … More $18,000 in Damages Ordered For Piracy of Pacquiao v. Bradley

New Jersey Denies Dvalishvili’s Appeal of UFC Fight Night 128 TKO Loss

Merab Dvalishvili lost his bout to Ricky Simon at UFC Fight Night 128 after being declared unconscious at the end of the third and final round.  The bout was recorded as a TKO by technical submission. Dvalishvili argued he was conscious and that the bout should have gone to the judges who likely would have … More New Jersey Denies Dvalishvili’s Appeal of UFC Fight Night 128 TKO Loss

How Leslie Smith’s Legal Action Against the UFC May Achieve Project Spearhead’s Goals

Leslie Smith is a top ranked MMA fighter.  She was on a two fight win streak wining three of her last four bouts (with the loss at the hands of now featherweight champion Cris Cyborg) when the UFC let her go from the organization. Smith was scheduled to fight on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.  … More How Leslie Smith’s Legal Action Against the UFC May Achieve Project Spearhead’s Goals

3 UFC Athletes Handed Reduced Suspensions After Tracing Positive Drug Tests to Tainted Supplements

In a narrative that is becoming all too familiar, three more UFC athletes have successfully traced positive drug tests back to tainted supplements. Today the US Anti Doping Agency announced that Junior dos Santos Almeida and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who each tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide had this finding traced back to contaminated products sold by a … More 3 UFC Athletes Handed Reduced Suspensions After Tracing Positive Drug Tests to Tainted Supplements