Arkansas Reportedly Allows HIV Positive Boxer to Compete

Kirik Jenness of MixedMartialArts.com  has published a concerning story involving Arkansas allowing a boxer who previously tested positive for HIV to compete. Jenness notes as follows: “Michael Mazzulli, President of the Association of Boxing Commissions, recently reached out to the Governor of Arkansas, alleging that the Arkansas Athletic Commission knowingly allowed an HIV positive boxer to engage in … More Arkansas Reportedly Allows HIV Positive Boxer to Compete

Over 20 Fighters Reportedly Suspended in Falsified Bloodwork Scandal

BlugreassMMA.com reports that more than 20 fighters have been suspended by the Ohio State Athletic Commission “in conjunction with an investigation of falsified bloodwork“. The State requires blood work as a precondition for combative sports licencing as a fundamental safety requirement to ensure that opponents are not exposed to diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and … More Over 20 Fighters Reportedly Suspended in Falsified Bloodwork Scandal

Fabricio Werdum Charged With Assault Following Boomerang Attack

After video surfaced of UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum throwing a boomerang at Colby Covington and a noted second altercation where Werdum reportedly punched Covington the UFC heavyweight has been charged with assault. The Australian Associated Press reports as follows: A 40-year-old man has been charged with assault after he allegedly attacked a 29-year-old man with a … More Fabricio Werdum Charged With Assault Following Boomerang Attack

CTV News Airs Three Part Investigative Series Into Tim Hague Death

Earlier this year boxer and MMA fighter Tim Hague died following a bout with Adam Braidwood.  The bout was a one sided affair with Hague being knocked down 3 times in the first round with an arguable 4th knockdown that the referee deemed a slip. In the second round Hague was dropped for a fourth time … More CTV News Airs Three Part Investigative Series Into Tim Hague Death

Bellator Files Letter Supporting Expansion of Ali Act to MMA

Last week the UFC sent Marc Ratner to Washington to testify in opposition of legislation aiming to expand the Muhammad Ali Act to mixed martial arts. (For background you can click here to read what the legislation will do). In an interesting twist, the UFC’s biggest US based promoter, Bellator MMA, filed a letter with … More Bellator Files Letter Supporting Expansion of Ali Act to MMA

What Congress Will Be Told About the Safety of Mixed Martial Arts

This week the Congressional Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection will hear from witnesses providing background information on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts in the context of debating whether to expand the Ali Act to the sport. Among the witnesses to be heard will be Dr. Kristen Dams-O’Connor, who is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation … More What Congress Will Be Told About the Safety of Mixed Martial Arts

Zuffa Again Uses Copyright Act To Bolster Damages in Piracy Lawsuit

Last month an apparent new strategy was highlighted where the UFC’s parent company, Zuffa LLC, is using the Copyright Act to increase damages in piracy prosecutions.  A second judgement was recently published utilizing this same strategy. In the recent case (Zuffa, LLC v. Fizion Cafe) the Defendant displayed UFC 205 without paying the commercial sub … More Zuffa Again Uses Copyright Act To Bolster Damages in Piracy Lawsuit

UFC 201 Piracy Leads to $30,000 Damage Award

In the latest piracy prosecution involving a UFC Pay Per View broadcast reasons for judgement were published by the US District Court, D. South Carolina, Columbia Division, assessing damages of $30,000. In the recent case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. Collective Minds, LLC) the Defendants displayed UFC 201 at a commercial establishment without paying the commercial … More UFC 201 Piracy Leads to $30,000 Damage Award

Zuffa Uses Copyright Act To Increase Damages Against PPV Piracy

Normally when UFC Pay Per View programs are commercially pirated lawsuits are brought by the UFC’s commercial distributor and damages are sought for statutory harm for satellite or cable theft. In an interesting twist to this norm, recent reasons for judgement were released involving a prosecution by Zuffa as the Plaintiff also seeking damages for … More Zuffa Uses Copyright Act To Increase Damages Against PPV Piracy

New York Adopts Formal Instant Replay Policy for MMA

The New York State Athletic Commission has formally adopted an Instant Replay Policy for Mixed Martial Arts contests in the State. The New York Policy is consistent with the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports policy on instant replay passed at the associations 2017 annual conference. Earlier this month  Commission Bulletin 2017-3 was released by the … More New York Adopts Formal Instant Replay Policy for MMA