The harms from rapid extreme weight cutting in combat sports (in order to then rapidly gain weight well above the weight class limit during competition) are well documented on this site. How much weight do professional boxers regain following these cuts? A recently published study in The Physician and Sports Medicine journal sheds light on … More Study Documents Pro Boxer Rapid Weight Gain Data in California
Last week I reported that Colorado became the first US State Athletic Commission to approve the ruleset used by One Championship in Mixed Martial Arts which includes the use of knees to the head of grounded opponents. I made a further open records request to the State to obtain a copy of the full ruleset … More Full Colorado Approved “One Championship Global Ruleset”
In boxing and other combat sports head gear does not prevent concussions. Head gear does not reduce concussions. At best head gear is neutral for concussions. More realistically head gear increases concussions. The science says so. Among the speculated reasons are it makes the head a bigger target so its hit more frequently, reduces field … More Let’s Talk Olympic Boxing, Brain Trauma and Sexism
In the latest development in the ever shifting combat sports regulatory landscape, this week the Kansas athletic commission has introduced ‘champions rules’ for older (or possibly those deemed of lesser skill) MMA fighters. The ruleset will make its debut this weekend with a bout scheduled between a 38 year old and and 52 year old … More Kansas Introduces “Champions Rules” For Older MMA Fighters
Let’s talk seconds in combat sports. Also known as cornermen. The men and women who act as a last line of defence in boxing, mixed martial arts and other full contact combative sports where brain trauma is a looming reality. Texas has chosen to ‘deregulate’ this job. Starting September 1, 2021 anyone can be a … More Texas “Deregulates” Combat Sports Seconds
Update July 22, 2021 – Today Colorado’s Office of Combative Sports replied to my open records request. They confirm that One Championship rules have been approved in the State which indeed clear the way for the promoter to hold an event with knees to a grounded opponent. Below is the full reply of the commission’s … More One Championship (And Knees To Grounded Opponents) Coming to Colorado?
Earlier this month Nevada and Kansas became the latest jurisdictions to either remove or stop testing for marijuana metabolites as banned substances in combat sports. Today the Nevada State Athletic Commission provided me with a copy of an internal memorandum explaining their legal authority and reasoning behind this decision. The memo, authorized by Nevada’s Senior … More Nevada Outlines Legal Reasoning For Removing Cannabis From Banned Substances
Today the Nevada Athletic Commission removed marijuana from its list of banned substances. Following the path blazed by other commissions which started with the precedent set by medical user and advocate Elias Theodorou in British Columbia, the commission is moving to an impairment test. If a fighter is impaired they cannot compete. Other than that … More Nevada and Kansas Remove Marijuana as PED Moving to Impairment as Sole Concern
This week I had the pleasure of making a guest appearance on Dr. Yared Vazquez’s YouTube channel where we discussed the viral Joe Schilling bar knockout of another patron. We tackle some of the legal, medical and most importantly practical issues at play. Enjoy!