Imagine competing in a professional MMA bout and winning by submission. Then, months later, you are told the bout was overturned to a no contest by the athletic commission in a process that you had no notice of nor were invited to participate in. That’s exactly what MMA fighter Sean Cerveny experienced. At LFA 80 … More New Mexico Athletic Commission Blunders Fighter Appeal Rights With Admitted Impropriety
Two arbitration judgements were released today documenting an anti-doping issue involving released UFC fighter Gilbert Melendez. Of interest the decisions address when USADA has jurisdiction over a fighter who has been released by the UFC. In short Melendez tested positive for GHRP-6 and its metabolites GHRP-6(2-5)-OH and GHRP-6(2-6)-OH as the result of a urine sample … More Gilbert Melendez Handed 2 year Doping Ban For Violation After Being Released From UFC
Adding to this database of combat sports safety studies, a paper was recently published in the journal of Human Kinetics noting that there is no statistical advantage to athletes who outweigh their opponents via rapid extreme weight loss/gain practices in MMA. In the recent study, titled Worth the Weight? Post Weigh-In Rapid Weight Gain is Not … More Study – Weight Advantages From Weight Cutting/Gaining Non Factor in Bout Outcomes
Cornerwork in MMA has come under scrutiny in recent weeks. When should seconds stop a fight? Who should be qualified to work as a second? Can seconds be legally accountable if they fail to protect their fighters? As with many things in combat sports the legal requirements are not consistent and vary widely from jurisdiction … More Are Seconds Legally Liable For Fighter Injuries?