Study Finds Widespread Opposition to AIBA’s Headgear Ban in Boxing

In 2013 the Amateur International Boxing Association, the international governing body for amateur boxing, instituted a rule banning headgear in competition for elite men.  The ban is expected to be expanded to all competitors in 2018. While there are conflicting views as to the efficacy of headgear in amateur boxing a recent study reveals that there … More Study Finds Widespread Opposition to AIBA’s Headgear Ban in Boxing

“Weak” Evidence Leads to $1,000 Award For UFC 143 Piracy

(Update April 23, 2016) the below judgement survived a Motion to Alter or Amend with the court confirming the $1,000 damage assessment was appropriate. _________________________ One of the clearest trends when bars and other commercial establishments are sued for displaying UFC Pay Per View events without paying the proper commercial sub licencing fees is that … More “Weak” Evidence Leads to $1,000 Award For UFC 143 Piracy

What Boxing and MMA’s CTE/Concussion Lawsuit May Look Like

Athletic Commissions exist for one core purpose, the protection of the fighters that they regulate. It is not unprecedented for Athletic Commissions to be successfully sued for damages where they negligently fail to fulfill their duties.  Appreciating this, can a lawsuit succeed against an athletic commission by a fighter who suffers CTE due to too many … More What Boxing and MMA’s CTE/Concussion Lawsuit May Look Like

Piracy of UFC 119 Leads to $4,800 Damage Assessment

Adding to this site’s archived cases of UFC pay per view event piracy prosecutions, reasons for judgement were released this month assessing damages at $4,800 for the commercial piracy of UFC 119. In the recent case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc v. Tickle) the Defendant operated a small restaurant and pub which displayed UFC 119 without … More Piracy of UFC 119 Leads to $4,800 Damage Assessment

Study – Dehydrated Wrestlers Suffer Increased Skeletal Muscle Damage

In my ongoing effort to highlight safety studies addressing combative sports, a recent study was published in the Journal of Physical Medicine Science studying dehydration and skeletal muscle damage in elite wrestlers. The study involved seventy-two elite wrestlers who participated in the Turkish Wrestling Championship and revealed that dehydrated wrestlers suffered from higher level of … More Study – Dehydrated Wrestlers Suffer Increased Skeletal Muscle Damage

Tim Means’ “Tainted Supplement” Defence and the UFC’s Anti Doping Policy

Update June 10, 2016 – Tim Means accepted the anti-doping policy violation and a 6 month sanction.  USADA provided the following press release USADA announced today that UFC athlete, Tim Means, of Edgewood, N.M., has accepted a 6-month sanction for an anti-doping policy violation after testing positive for a prohibited substance from a contaminated supplement. … More Tim Means’ “Tainted Supplement” Defence and the UFC’s Anti Doping Policy

“Champion’s Clause” Derails World Series of Fighting Title Bout

A scheduled bout for the vacant World Series of Fighting welterweight championship has apparently been derailed as a result of the promotion’s contractual champion’s clause. MMAFighting’s Dave Doyle reports that after WSOF president Ray Sefo announced the planned bout between Jake Shields and Jon Fitch was off because “Jake Shields has informed us that he … More “Champion’s Clause” Derails World Series of Fighting Title Bout

California Passes Weight Cut Rules for Combat Sports

As perhaps the leading jurisdiction when it comes to tackling rapid extreme weight cuts in combat sports, a practice which has led to notable injuries and even death, California has passed emergency rules adding much needed regulation and oversight to the dangerous practice. The new rules, which are the most robust passed by any US … More California Passes Weight Cut Rules for Combat Sports

CSAC Hearing Sheds Light on Tarverdyan Licence Revocation

Update – The CSAC has apparently suspended Tarverdyan for the three months and fined him $5,000 with Marc Raimondi reporting as follows ____________________ Last month the California State Athletic Commission revoked Edmund Tarverdyan’s second’s licence.  As the head trainer and corner to UFC’s former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, among other athletes, this can have an adverse … More CSAC Hearing Sheds Light on Tarverdyan Licence Revocation

Court Releases Full Reasons in UFC New York Litigation

Late last month Federal Judge Kimba Wood has released brief reasons for judgement denying Zuffa’s request for a preliminary injunction preventing New York from using their Combative Sport Law to shut down a planned UFC event at Madison Square Gardens. Judge Wood promised ‘a longer opinion will follow’ and these full reasons have now been released. … More Court Releases Full Reasons in UFC New York Litigation