ABC to Vote on Unified Rules of Kickboxing

This week the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports are having their annual convention hosted at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Among the noteworthy agenda items is a vote on a set of unified rules for kickboxing.  Much like the ABC has done by setting unified rules for professional Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing, the … More ABC to Vote on Unified Rules of Kickboxing

CABMMA Adopts Heel Kicks to Kidneys and ABC’s New Definition of Grounded Fighter

At the 2016 Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports convention in Las Vegas changes to the Unified Rules of MMA were introduced which included the legalization of heel kicks to an opponents kidney from guard and a change in definition of what it takes to be a grounded fighter. Not all member commissions adopted … More CABMMA Adopts Heel Kicks to Kidneys and ABC’s New Definition of Grounded Fighter

Ontario BJJ Tournament Plays a Game of Legal Chicken With the Province

Update July 22, 2017 – This tournament went off without a hitch.  Accounts from Facebook show that not only did the local city police not press any charges they were even in attendance and posed for this photo. This is an interesting scenario with the Province saying BJJ contests are presently illegal and with Toronto … More Ontario BJJ Tournament Plays a Game of Legal Chicken With the Province

Study – Previous MMA Injury Doubles Risk of Injury in Following Fight

Adding to this site’s combat sports safety study archives, a recent study was published in the South African Journal of Sports Medicine looking at injury rates in an African MMA promotion and concluding that the injury rates are higher than those noted from US based competitions.  The authors noted Overall injury prevalence appears to be as … More Study – Previous MMA Injury Doubles Risk of Injury in Following Fight

$25,000 Damages Awarded for UFC 183 Piracy

Reasons for judgement were released this week by the US District Court, E.D. Louisiana, awarding damages for the piracy of UFC 183. In the recent case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. DML, LLC) the Defendant operated a sports bar which displayed UFC 183 without paying the commercial sub-licencing fee. The Plaintiff obtained default judgement of … More $25,000 Damages Awarded for UFC 183 Piracy

Are Mayweather and McGregor on an Even Anti-Doping Testing Landscape?

Update July 15, 2017– USADA have confirmed Mayweather is being tested by them.  This leaves the only question of why the NAC have not bothered obtaining a copy of the anti-doping contract between Mayweather Promotions and USADA. ______________________ Conor McGregor has been subject to random out of competition drug testing by the United States Anti … More Are Mayweather and McGregor on an Even Anti-Doping Testing Landscape?

No Right to Indemnity in UFC Cable Theft Piracy Prosecutions

Reasons for judgement were recently published by the US District Court, S.D. Alabama, Southern Division, finding that there is ‘no right to indemnity’ when a Defendant is sued for alleged piracy of a pay per view broadcast. In the recent case (Joe Hand Promotion, Inc. v. Cloud 9 Vapes LLC) the Defendant broadcast a UFC … More No Right to Indemnity in UFC Cable Theft Piracy Prosecutions

Neurologist Calls for Uniform Minimum Standards For Combat Sports Neurologic Safety

Combative sports, like all contact sports, have inherent dangers and it is important for stakeholders to work together to create best practices to minimize these. To this end an informative article was recently published in Neurologic Clinics. The article, titled, Neurologic Health in Combat Sports, takes an in depth look at the current state of … More Neurologist Calls for Uniform Minimum Standards For Combat Sports Neurologic Safety

Legal Background of Nick Diaz’s UFC “Whereabouts” Violation

The UFC announced that Nick Diaz has been provisionally suspended by the US Anti Doping Agency for accumulating 3 “whereabouts failures” within a 12 month period. Diaz has not competed since January, 2015.  Despite this he remains under active contract with UFC parent company Zuffa,  which incorporates the custom tailored UFC/USADA anti doping program “ADP” … More Legal Background of Nick Diaz’s UFC “Whereabouts” Violation

Ontario Set to Criminalize Amateur BJJ and Grappling as of July 1, 2017

Update June 29, 2017 – the Ministry of Sport has responded to my request confirming that there is not PSO for BJJ at this time but indicate this may change shortly advising as follows: “the Ontario Jiu Jitsu Association was close to being recognized however they have not submitted all components of their Sport Recognition … More Ontario Set to Criminalize Amateur BJJ and Grappling as of July 1, 2017