Are the UFC’s New Owners in a Conflict of Interest as Promoters?

Celebrated welterweight Georges St-Pierre is in the midst of a contract dispute with the UFC.  He reportedly was well on the road to renegotiating his contract when the UFC sale brought things to a sudden halt. The UFC’s new majority owners, WME-IMG, described as  “an American talent agency” that “represents artists across all media platforms, … More Are the UFC’s New Owners in a Conflict of Interest as Promoters?

Let’s Speculate About GSP’s UFC Contract Dispute

Update October 18, 2016 – ESPN reports that GSP’s position is that “UFC breached (his) contract by not offering him a fight” indicating that GSP has been looking for a return bout since February. When Zuffa was given a “10 day deadline” by GSP’s team to offer a bout they replied with “a “letter” that referenced … More Let’s Speculate About GSP’s UFC Contract Dispute

Brock Lesnar’s Uphill Anti-Doping Battle Following UFC 200

Earlier this year it was revealed that Brock Lesnar failed in and out of competition tests surrounding his bout with Mark Hunt at UFC 200 with “Clomiphene and hydroxyclomiphene” being detected. Lesnar is undergoing results management with the United States Anti Doping Agency who oversee the UFC’s in house anti-doping program and further facing regulatory consequences … More Brock Lesnar’s Uphill Anti-Doping Battle Following UFC 200

Study Finds Concerning Weight Loss Practices / Hydration Levels in MMA Athletes

Adding to this site’s archived combat sports safety studies and weight cut reform articles, a study was recently published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism  finding all MMA athlete participants being dehydrated when weighing in for competition with the magnitude of rapid weight loss and strategies being “comparable to those which … More Study Finds Concerning Weight Loss Practices / Hydration Levels in MMA Athletes

Nate Diaz’s Legal Strategy? Play Nice With The NAC

Update April 12, 2017 – Today, as reported by Steven Marrocco, the NAC revised and reduced Diaz’s punishment Update December 15, 2016 – Today the NAC hit Diaz with a $50,000 fine for this incident (2.5% of his purse for the bout) along with 50 hours of community service ______________________________ Even before the Nevada State … More Nate Diaz’s Legal Strategy? Play Nice With The NAC

Nevada State Athletic Commission Overhauls Anti Doping Regulations

(Image courtesy of MixedMartialArts.com’s Kirik Jenness) Although little media attention was received, on September 9, 2016 Nevada overhauled their combat sports regulations with many significant changes most notably to the anti doping scheme. The full regulations can be found here. The key changes to the anti doping rules are as follows which all Nevada combat … More Nevada State Athletic Commission Overhauls Anti Doping Regulations

NSAC Hits McGregor With Steep Fine, Community Service For Bottle Throwing

In 2014 the NSAC levied steep fines for a press conference brawl between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.  Today the NSAC kept in line with this precedent when dealing with Conor McGregor for throwing bottles into the crowd at a UFC 202 press conference. In short the NSAC hit McGregor with a $150,000 fine, 50 … More NSAC Hits McGregor With Steep Fine, Community Service For Bottle Throwing

Fair Market Value, and Little More, Awarded for Boxing Pay Per View Piracy

Adding to this site’s archived posts addressing combat sports piracy, reasons for judgement were released recently by the US District Court, W.D. Arkansas, Fayetteville Division, assessing damages following the commercial piracy of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Saul Alvarez. In the recent case (J & J Sports Productions, Inc v. Lara) the Defendant displayed the boxing pay … More Fair Market Value, and Little More, Awarded for Boxing Pay Per View Piracy

Subconcussive Impacts – Frequency and Magnitude Matter

Adding to this site’s archives of safety studies in combat sports, a recent article was published in the Journal of Neurology and Neurorehabilitation Research further noting the connection between neurological system impairment and the frequency and severity of subconcussive head impacts. In the article, titled “PROTECT THE PLAYER, PROTECT THE GAME: SUBCONCUSSION AND CHRONIC TRAUMATIC … More Subconcussive Impacts – Frequency and Magnitude Matter

EBI To Add Limited Striking – Will Regulatory Barriers Arise?

Update March 8, 2017 – This weekend EBI hosted 3 combat jiu jitsu bouts.  Andy Foster of the California State Athletic Commission confirmed this event required State regulation and that regulatory oversight was delegated to CAMO. As reported on the Underground, the Eddie Bravo Invitational, a leading no-gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament based in California, … More EBI To Add Limited Striking – Will Regulatory Barriers Arise?