Court – Combat Sports Athletes Consent to Fight Doping Competitors

This week reasons for judgement were released dismissing much of Mark Hunt’s doping lawsuit against the UFC and others following his bout with Brock Lesnar at UFC 200.  All claims were dismissed except his allegation of breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Of particular interest to me were the court’s … More Court – Combat Sports Athletes Consent to Fight Doping Competitors

Boxing Pay-Per-View Piracy Lawsuit Dismissed on Limitation Grounds

Reasons for judgement were recently published by the US District Court, W.D. Wisconsin, finding that a two year limitation applies for piracy lawsuits based on Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. § 605 and the Cable & Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992. In the recent case (J & J Sports Productions Inc. v. … More Boxing Pay-Per-View Piracy Lawsuit Dismissed on Limitation Grounds

Why Nevada Was Within Their Rights on the Jon Jones Situation

Earlier this week the Nevada Athletic Commission granted Jon Jones a one fight licence clearing him to compete on March 2, 2019 at UFC 235. Last month Jones was scheduled to compete in Nevada for UFC 232 but the event was swiftly moved to California after USADA, the UFC’s privately contracted anti-doping watchdog, notified the Nevada … More Why Nevada Was Within Their Rights on the Jon Jones Situation

Case Study – Frequent Chokes in MMA Concerning for Cognitive Impairment

(Image via Wikimedia) ____________________________ Update March 30, 2019 – This month a critical reply was published arguing the below conclusions lack supporting literature.  ____________________________ Last year a study was published discussing the risk of Vertebral Artery Dissection from chokeholds in combative sports.  A more recent case study was published suggesting that in addition to this, … More Case Study – Frequent Chokes in MMA Concerning for Cognitive Impairment

Mayweather v. Pacquiao Piracy Leads to $30,000 Court Judgement

Adding to this site’s archived case summaries of combat sports piracy judgements, reasons were released this week by the US District Court, M.D. Louisiana, ordering a Defendant to pay $30,000 for showing Mayweather v. Pacquiao without a licence. In the recent case (J&J Sports Productions, Inc. v. Cheers Sports Bar and Grill, LLC) the Defendant displayed … More Mayweather v. Pacquiao Piracy Leads to $30,000 Court Judgement

Cat Zingano Appeals Toe in Eye TKO Loss – The Legal Landscape in Place

Update February 19, 2019 – Today it was reported that Zingano’s appeal was dismissed. ________________________________________________ Today MMAJunkie reports that Cat Zingano has filed an appeal of her TKO loss stemming from UFC 232. At the event Zingano was kicked in the face.  During the strike a toe from Megan Anderson contacted Zingano’s eye causing injury … More Cat Zingano Appeals Toe in Eye TKO Loss – The Legal Landscape in Place

Saliva and Serum Biomarkers Show “Robust” Promise in Identifying Mild Brain Injury in MMA Fighters

Adding to this site’s combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published seeking to identify non-invasive biomarkers which can help diagnose mild traumatic brain injury in athletes. In the study, titled “Comparison of Serum and Saliva miRNA’s for Identification and Characterization of mTBI in Adult Mixed Martial Arts Fighters” the authors recruited 50 amateur MMA fighters … More Saliva and Serum Biomarkers Show “Robust” Promise in Identifying Mild Brain Injury in MMA Fighters

Regulatory Thoughts on the UFC’s Sudden Venue Swap from Nevada to California

Today, with just 6 days notice, the UFC announced that they are moving UFC 232 from Nevada to California.  Why?  Because Nevada would not licence Jon Jones.  Last Thursday USADA, the UFC’s privately contracted anti-doping watchdog, notified the Nevada Athletic Commission that Jones tested positive for a metabolite of DHCMT in an out of competition … More Regulatory Thoughts on the UFC’s Sudden Venue Swap from Nevada to California

Study Finds High Rate of Whiplash Disorders in MMA Athletes

Adding to this site’s combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published in South Africa reviewing the rate of whiplash associated disorders in Mixed Martial Arts. In the recent study, titled Prevalence and Severity of Whiplash Associated Disorders in Mixed Martial Arts Athletes, the authors evaluated seventeen MMA athletes looking for intensity of neck pain, … More Study Finds High Rate of Whiplash Disorders in MMA Athletes

Jon Jones’ MMA Licence Reinstated Clearing His Path For Return to the Cage

(Screenshot via MMAFighting.com) After testing positive for metabolites of 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. In September Jones cleared one of the biggest of these hurdles securing … More Jon Jones’ MMA Licence Reinstated Clearing His Path For Return to the Cage