Study – Tracking Retinal Changes May Prove Useful in Tracking Boxer Brain Damage

A study was recently published noting that Olympic boxers had retinal changes compared to a control group not involved in contact sports suggesting this may hold value as a biomarker in determining when an athlete has been exposed to too much career head trauma. In the recent study titled “Investigating possible retinal biomarkers of head … More Study – Tracking Retinal Changes May Prove Useful in Tracking Boxer Brain Damage

Study – Genetic Factors May Play Role in CTE Severity

Adding to this site’s combat sports safety study summaries, research was recently published in the Journal Acta Neuropathologica suggesting genetic factors may play a role in severity of CTE.  Of note the study does not suggest that genetics cause CTE with Dr. Thor D. Stein, one of the study’s authors, telling the Boston Globe “environmental … More Study – Genetic Factors May Play Role in CTE Severity

Study – The Aftermath of Boxing Revisited – Yes, Its a high likelihood of CTE

An interesting study was recently published revisiting earlier data from the 1970’s with a modern understanding of CTE. In the earlier study, titled The Aftermath of Boxing, researchers published results in 1973 which noted a variety of neuropathological changes in retired boxers.  Brain tissue samples remained available from the initial participants and in a new … More Study – The Aftermath of Boxing Revisited – Yes, Its a high likelihood of CTE

The Current Version of the ABC’s “Unified” Rules of MMA

Last week the UFC held an event in Moncton, New Brunswick.  New Brunswick is a unique jurisdiction.  Unlike most Athletic Commissions they do not have their own approved rules for combat sports but instead allow a promoter to submit  “the rules of the combat sport for which the event is to be held” and these … More The Current Version of the ABC’s “Unified” Rules of MMA

Study – MMA Fighters Remain Compromised 24 Hours After Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts

Adding to this site’s archives of combative sports safety studies, a study was recently published in the Journal of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists shedding more light on the physical compromises associated with rapid extreme weight cutting in combat sports. In the recent article, titled “Physiological Function is Not Fully Regained With 24 Hours of Rapid … More Study – MMA Fighters Remain Compromised 24 Hours After Rapid Extreme Weight Cuts

In Wake of Legalization the UFC’s Elias Theodorou Calls for Cannabis Therapeutic Exemptions

Today cannabis became legal across Canada for recreational use.  For years before it has also been legal for medicinal purposes.  Despite changing attitudes and laws cannabis remains a banned substance in competition by many State and Provincial Athletic Commissions.  The World Anti Doping Agency removed alcohol and CBD from their prohibited list in 2018.   THC, … More In Wake of Legalization the UFC’s Elias Theodorou Calls for Cannabis Therapeutic Exemptions

WBO Diverts Lawsuit Alleging Ali Act Violations Into Arbitration

Late last month reasons for judgement were published by the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (h/t MMAPayout) upholding an arbitration clause diverting a lawsuit alleging violations of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act from court and into private arbitration. In the recent case (Trout v. WBO) the Plaintiff was a professional … More WBO Diverts Lawsuit Alleging Ali Act Violations Into Arbitration

Plaintiffs Fine Tune Arguments in UFC Anti Trust Lawsuit

Last week the Plaintiffs filed their opposition to Zuffa’s motion for summary judgement in the ongoing antitrust lawsuit alleging unlawful business practices by the UFC. Zuffa is trying to have the lawsuit tossed before trial arguing that, now that discovery is complete, no genuine issue of material fact remains and the case has no chance … More Plaintiffs Fine Tune Arguments in UFC Anti Trust Lawsuit

Jones Secures Reduced Doping Suspension By Providing USADA With “Substantial Assistance”

After testing positive for the steroid turinabol during an in-competition drug test at UFC 214 Jon Jones exposed himself to a host of potential legal consequences given that this was his second anti-doping infraction in the UFC’s USADA era. Today McLaren Global Sports Solutions published their arbitration decision revealing Jon Jones’ fate under the UFC … More Jones Secures Reduced Doping Suspension By Providing USADA With “Substantial Assistance”

$12,000 in Damages Ordered for Piracy of UFC 205

Adding to this site’s archived case summaries of combat sports piracy judgements, reasons were released this week by the US District Court, D. Colorado, ordering Defendants to pay $12,000 in damages for the piracy of UFC 205. In the recent case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. Purple Pig, LLC) the Defendants displayed UFC 205 in a … More $12,000 in Damages Ordered for Piracy of UFC 205