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

Combatives Doctors Cautioned to Lookout for Vertebral Artery Dissection Following Complications From Chokeholds

Adding to this site’s combat sports safety study archives a recent article was published warning doctors overseeing combative sports training to be aware of the risk of spontaneous vertebral artery dissection following a chokehold submission. In the recent article, titled Vertebral Artery Dissection in Active-Duty Soldier Due to Mixed Martial Arts Choke Hold, the authors highlight … More Combatives Doctors Cautioned to Lookout for Vertebral Artery Dissection Following Complications From Chokeholds

Kickboxing and Sambo Granted Provisional Olympic Recognition

Today it was announced that Sambo and Kickboxing have been granted provisional recognition by the International Olympic Committee. The following information was contained in a press release published today: The International Sambo Federation (FIAS)…and the World Associations of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) were granted provisional IOC recognition for a period of three years by the EB. These … More Kickboxing and Sambo Granted Provisional Olympic Recognition

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

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

Mara Borella’s Drug Trafficking Suspension and the UFC/USADA Policy

MMA-Today reports that the UFC’s Mara Borella was just handed a 26 year ban by the National Anti Doping Agency of Italy for the distribution and sale of cannabis and cocaine. So what does this mean under the UFC’s custom tailored anti-doping policy?  Perhaps nothing.  As the Jon Jones case illustrated, cocaine use or possession out … More Mara Borella’s Drug Trafficking Suspension and the UFC/USADA Policy