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

Shedding Light on Known Dangers from Chokes in Combat Sports

While some doctors are debating whether routine chokes in combat sports have negative impact on brain function similar to concussion (a topic where more research is needed) it is worth pointing out that there are known risks to the dangers of chokes. After reading some posts from this site Dr. Smock, a Police Surgeon with … More Shedding Light on Known Dangers from Chokes in Combat Sports

Are Chokes in MMA Dangerous For Brain Function? Doctors Debate the Issue

Update June 13, 2019 – I shared this article with Dr. John Neidecker, a Sports Medicine Physician, Sports Concussion Specialist and present Vice President of the Association of Ringside Physicians who was kind enough to read the entire study, the critique, and weighed in with the following views:   Please let me read the full … More Are Chokes in MMA Dangerous For Brain Function? Doctors Debate the Issue

Ontario’s new Combative Sports Act Passes Into Law

Last month Ontario Introduced a combat sports bill which sought to overhaul how professional and amateur combative sports are regulated in the Province.  The bill has now passed into law. On May 29, 2019 Bill 100 (Schedule 9 of which is the new Combative Sports Act) passed Third Reading and Received Royal Assent.  This means … More Ontario’s new Combative Sports Act Passes Into Law

Former UFC Fighter Tim Hague Diagnosed With CTE Via Autopsy

Several former UFC fighters have come forward in recent years admitting they are living with the consequences of CTE.  The disease, however, can only be formally diagnosed at this time after death via autopsy. It appears the first formal diagnosis of CTE has now been made in a former UFC fighter. Tim Hague, known as … More Former UFC Fighter Tim Hague Diagnosed With CTE Via Autopsy

Tim Hague Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Edmonton Combative Sports Commission

Tim Hague, a former UFC fighter, died from brain trauma after a boxing bout on June 16, 2017 in Edmonton Alberta.  He was clearly outmatched being knocked down 3 times in the first round with an arguable 4th knockdown that the referee deemed a slip. In the second round Hague was dropped for a fourth … More Tim Hague Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Edmonton Combative Sports Commission