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

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

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

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