UFC Fighter Francisco Rivera Handed 4 Year Suspension For Doping Aggravated By Fraud

In what I believe to be the first UFC athlete to be hit with an increased suspension for aggravating circumstances under the UFC’s custom tailored Anti-Doping Policy with USADA, Francisco Rivera was handed a 4 year ban by an independent arbitrator. Rivera tested positive for clenbuterol as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample he … More UFC Fighter Francisco Rivera Handed 4 Year Suspension For Doping Aggravated By Fraud

New Study Finds Hits, Not Concussions, Cause CTE

A recent study has been published confirming what appears to be increasingly clearer – CTE is a disease of mileage. The study, titled Concussion, microvascular injury, and early taupathy in young athletes after impact head injury and impact concussion mouse model, was published in Brain, a Journal of Neurology.  The full study can be found … More New Study Finds Hits, Not Concussions, Cause CTE

Quebec Suspends Fighter That They Allowed to Fight While Suspended

I wish this headline was made up but its not. Yesterday it was announced that the  Régie des alcools des courses et des jeux (the Quebec Athletic Commission) revoked the licence of MMA fighter Khetag Pliev. As previously discussed, on March 18, 2015 the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport conducted an out-of-competition doping test in Toronto, … More Quebec Suspends Fighter That They Allowed to Fight While Suspended

Study Examines Reasons Why MMA Bouts Cancelled During Pre Bout Medical Screenings

Adding to this site’s archives of combative sports safety studies a recent article was published in the journal of Sports Medicine reviewing reasons for MMA bouts being cancelled during the pre-bout examination process. The study examined 6 years worth of data obtained from the Calgary Combative Sports Commission noting that 5.4% of all bouts were … More Study Examines Reasons Why MMA Bouts Cancelled During Pre Bout Medical Screenings

Yoel Romero Launches Tainted Supplement Lawsuit

After failing an out-of -competition test administered by USADA, Yoel Romero and the anti doping agency reached a deal giving the UFC middleweight a 6 month suspension.  The relatively lenient suspension was granted because Romero and USADA were able to trace the positive test back to a tainted supplement. Shortly thereafter Romero’s manager stated the … More Yoel Romero Launches Tainted Supplement Lawsuit

Michael Bisping / Anthony McGann Lawsuit Gives Insight Into “The Count’s” UFC Earnings and Other Financial Details

Litigation is one of the great tools in shedding light on topics otherwise kept private. To this end fighter pay and other contractual details often come to light when parties have a disagreement resolved in the public forum of the judiciary. Last month former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping found himself largely on the losing … More Michael Bisping / Anthony McGann Lawsuit Gives Insight Into “The Count’s” UFC Earnings and Other Financial Details

$15,000 Damages Assessed for Piracy of UFC 168

Adding to this site’s archived case summaries of combat sports piracy judgements, reasons were released last week by the US District Court, S.D. Texas Houston Division, ordering a Defendant to pay $15,000 in damages for piracy of UFC 168. In the recent case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. Izalco Inc.) the Defendant broadcast UFC 168 in a … More $15,000 Damages Assessed for Piracy of UFC 168

The Legalities of Florida Shutting Down Tara LaRosa’s “Open Mat” Bout Against Internet Troll

This weekend professional MMA fighter Tara LaRosa attempted to compete in a self-described sparring bout against a male athlete.  The event’s facebook page described the male as an “internet troll that says an untrained man can defeat 99% of women even if they are trained“. A GoFundMe account was launched and nearly $6,000 was raised … More The Legalities of Florida Shutting Down Tara LaRosa’s “Open Mat” Bout Against Internet Troll

BC Athletic Commission Documents Dangers and Competitive Disadvantages of Rapid Extreme Weight Cutting

Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts are responsible for countless injuries and at least two deaths in mixed martial arts.  The BC Athletic Commission has become the latest combative sports governing body to speak out about the dangers of these practices. The BCAC worked with the University of Fraser Valley to undertake a scientific study for determination … More BC Athletic Commission Documents Dangers and Competitive Disadvantages of Rapid Extreme Weight Cutting