Pro Kickboxing Officially Legal in BC

In August, 2019 the BC Government announced plans to legalize pro kickboxing in the Province.  To do the Minister’s Athletic Commissioner Regulation required amendment. Today the office of the BC Athletic Commissioner announced that Professional Kickboxing is now legal in the Province as the relevant regulatory amendments were made. Specifically Ministerial Order M072 was passed … More Pro Kickboxing Officially Legal in BC

Association of Ringside Physicians Officially Support Cancellation of Combat Sports Events

With most combat sports promotions respecting public health warnings and government directives to cancel events amidst the ever growing Covid-19 pandemic others are still looking for creative ways to keep shows going. This week the Association of Ringside Physicians, arguably the leading voice when it comes to the standard of care for safety in combative … More Association of Ringside Physicians Officially Support Cancellation of Combat Sports Events

Why Weili Zhang is Worth Millions for Her Next UFC Bout

After putting on one of the best title bouts in the UFC’s history defending champion Weili Zhang earned a split decision over Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248.  The champions pay was reported at $200,000. Zhang was paid what she was contracted and she signed her contract with whatever leverage she had at the time.  Realistically … More Why Weili Zhang is Worth Millions for Her Next UFC Bout

Thank You Serena “Southpaw Outlaw” DeJesus!

Just a short post to thank Serena DeJesus for allowing CombatSportsLaw to be part of her sponsorship team for today’s Invicta Bouts! DeJesus was invited to InvictaFC’s Phoenix Series 3 as an alternate but during fight week was added the main bracket.  The 8 woman elimination tournament has a throwback feel to the early days … More Thank You Serena “Southpaw Outlaw” DeJesus!

Ringside Physicians Argue Tim Hague’s “Training Partners, Trainers and Coaches” Responsible For His Death

In the ongoing wrongful death suit filed by Tim Hague’s family the finger pointing continues. By way of background Hague died after sustaining significant brain trauma in a boxing bout overseen by the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission (the “ESCS”).  Hague’s family named numerous parties in a wrongful death lawsuit including the City of Edmonton, the … More Ringside Physicians Argue Tim Hague’s “Training Partners, Trainers and Coaches” Responsible For His Death

Elias Theodorou Granted First Ever MMA Cannabis Therapeutic Use Exemption

In most jurisdictions cannabis is banned in-competition for combat sports athletes.  Generally this means that an athlete cannot consume cannabis in the 24 hours prior to competition but otherwise consumption is not considered an anti-doping violation. The problem, however, is there is no satisfactory test which proves in-competition use.  Instead regulators adopt thresholds which are … More Elias Theodorou Granted First Ever MMA Cannabis Therapeutic Use Exemption

Court “Bumps Up” Piracy Damages For McGregor v. Khabib Fight

If a Pay Per View is particularly popular should a court increase damages for piracy?  At least one judge thinks so as demonstrated in reasons for judgment published last month by the US District Court, W.D. Pennsylvania. In the recent case (Zuffa, LLC v. Denise Perris & Lyle Cafe Inc) the Defendants displayed UFC 229 … More Court “Bumps Up” Piracy Damages For McGregor v. Khabib Fight

What Duty Do Licenced Cornermen Have For Fighter Safety? Tim Hague Lawsuit Court Filings Look To Find Out

The latest development in the ongoing Tim Hague wrongful death lawsuit seeks to argue that a fighter’s trainers owe a duty to report prior brain injury to regulators and failing to do so amounts to negligence. (HT to reporter Mike Russell) By way of background Hague, a former UFC fighter, died from brain trauma after … More What Duty Do Licenced Cornermen Have For Fighter Safety? Tim Hague Lawsuit Court Filings Look To Find Out

$8,800 in Damages Awarded For Commercial Piracy of Cotto v. Alvarez

Adding to this site’s archived case summaries of combat sports piracy judgements, reasons were released this week by the United States District Court, D. Maryland, assessing damages for the commercial piracy of the Cotto v. Alvarez boxing card. In this week’s case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. Luz, LLC) the Defendant Tele Mare’s Restaurant, Inc. displayed … More $8,800 in Damages Awarded For Commercial Piracy of Cotto v. Alvarez

Victoria, BC School District Approves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu For Grade 10, 11 and 12 Students

In my years covering combat sports legal developments I’ve never delved down to the granular level of a local school district voting.  That said a local bit of combat sports news from Victoria BC seemed worth highlighting. The Greater Victoria School District, which operates 7 secondary schools (high schools), just approved Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as … More Victoria, BC School District Approves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu For Grade 10, 11 and 12 Students