Physician Reviews and Analyzes All Choke Submissions in UFC History

Dr. Samuel Stellpflug, physician and BJJ blackbelt who has authored numerous peer reviewed articles addressing strangles in combative sports, has just published his latest paper in which he reviews all submission finishes via strangulation in UFC history. In the paper, titled Analysis of the fight-ending chokes in the history of the UFC mixed martial arts … More Physician Reviews and Analyzes All Choke Submissions in UFC History

BC Athletic Commission Looks to Resume Pro Combat Sports in New Year

Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on the Canadian combat sports scene with events sidelined due to the pandemic and even training across much of the Country being ground to a halt. Today the BC Athletic Commission has announced, with “an abundance of caution” the expectation that professional events may start resuming in the New Year in … More BC Athletic Commission Looks to Resume Pro Combat Sports in New Year

MMA Manager Contracts – A Critical Look

The first contract fighters sign is sometimes their worst.  Their deal with their manager. The world of MMA management is poorly regulated.  It varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and standards are far below those in unionized sports where players associations impose strict thresholds for agent certification. In some States and Provinces anyone can be a … More MMA Manager Contracts – A Critical Look

Study – One Year of Boxing Negatively Impacts Working Memory, Short-Term Memory, and Long-Term Memory

In the latest combat sports safety study findings were published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research finding that a year of boxing had measurably noticeable negative consequences for the participants memory. In the recent study, titled Neuropsychological Study on the Effects of Boxing Upon Athletes’ Memory, the authors reviewed neuropsychological data from 28 … More Study – One Year of Boxing Negatively Impacts Working Memory, Short-Term Memory, and Long-Term Memory

UFC Antitrust Lawsuit Certified as Class Action

In December, 2014 Cung Le, Nathan Quarry and Jon Fitch filed an antitrust lawsuit against Zuffa, LLC, the UFC’s legal owner, alleging they have gained their market prominence through a series of unlawful and anti competitive business practices. In simple terms the lawsuit claims the UFC has been able to artificially suppress fighter pay as … More UFC Antitrust Lawsuit Certified as Class Action

US Targets Russian MMA Promotions for Ties To Human Rights Abuser

Today the US Department of Treasury (H/T Karim Zidan for first reporting on this) designated Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Executive Order for being a foreign person who is a leader of an organization, the Kadyrovtsy, that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, serious human … More US Targets Russian MMA Promotions for Ties To Human Rights Abuser

Professional MMA Contracts – Food for Thought for New Fighters

I once joked that an MMA fighter/promoter contract takes about one page to draft. The remaining pages are designed to screw over the fighter. There is some truth to this. When giving advice to fighters about signing promoter contracts it usually is along the lines of ‘tear it up and start from the beginning‘. Outside … More Professional MMA Contracts – Food for Thought for New Fighters

US Passes Rodchenkov Anti Doping Act

Anti doping consequences just became a lot more serious with the United States creating criminal and civil repercussions for doping conspiracies in “major international sport competitions”. The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019 passed into law last week. Those involved in doping conspiracies in certain international competitions involving American athletes can now face, in addition to … More US Passes Rodchenkov Anti Doping Act

Study – First Fighter To Be Concussed Loses 98% of the Time

An interesting study was published in the Journal of The Physician and Sports Medicine suggesting that in combat sports competition the first athlete to sustain a concussion in a bout will go on to lose 98% of the time. In the study, titled Concussion Occurrence And Recognition In Professional Boxing and MMA Matches, an 8 … More Study – First Fighter To Be Concussed Loses 98% of the Time