Fragmentation in the Struggle for MMA Fighter Unity

For the better part of a decade lawyer Rob Maysey has been pushing for a more equitable labor landscape for professional MMA athletes through the Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Association.  Mayesey’s efforts have included lobbying for State legislative reform, Federal legislative reform, an anti-trust lawsuit against the sport’s biggest promoter and vocally creating awareness of current … More Fragmentation in the Struggle for MMA Fighter Unity

The TRT Papers – Mixed Martial Arts’ Skeletons in the Closet

Remember the days when UFC and other Mixed Martial Arts athletes were legally allowed to use steroids (testosterone)? If not here’s a brief reminder.  Athletes wanted exogenous testosterone.  A prohibited substance both in and out of competition.  The loophole?  They would tell athletic commissions (or the UFC in events they self regulate) that they suffered … More The TRT Papers – Mixed Martial Arts’ Skeletons in the Closet

UFC Athletes Averaging 6% Bodyweight Cut During Fight Week

The dangers of rapid extreme weight cuts played a central role at this year’s Association of Boxing Commissions annual meeting with both medical and legal risks associated with the practice being discussed. Jeff Novitizky, the UFC’s Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, noted the following weigh in data (expressed as the percentage of weight … More UFC Athletes Averaging 6% Bodyweight Cut During Fight Week

ABC Adopts Overhaul to MMA’s Unified Rules

Further Update August 3, 2016 – Today the ABC unanimously agreed to aim for January 1, 2017 as the target date for each commission to get these new rules in force ________________________________ Update – The rules voted on were revised at the last minute and replaced the word “damage” to “impact” in the revised judging … More ABC Adopts Overhaul to MMA’s Unified Rules