Reporters Launch “MMA Journalists Association”

After Ariel Helwani was ‘banned for life’ by the UFC when scooping the story of Brock Lesnar’s return for UFC 200, the community rallied around him and public pressure was strong enough for the UFC to make a quick 180 on this decision. The benefits of having a unified voice appears to have resonated with … More Reporters Launch “MMA Journalists Association”

$8,200 in Damages Awarded After Piracy of UFC Events with Little Monetary Gain

Adding to this site’s archives of piracy awards for UFC Pay Per View lawsuits, reasons for judgement were recently published by the US District Court, D. Idaho, awarding $8,200 in damages against a defendant found liable after displaying 2 UFC events. In the recent case (Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. v. Hetemi) the Defendant displayed UFC … More $8,200 in Damages Awarded After Piracy of UFC Events with Little Monetary Gain

Connecticut Bill Eases Mixed Martial Arts Promoter Requirements

In 2013 Connecticut became one of the last States to legalize mixed martial arts but in doing so passed legislation that required promoters to “be liable for any health care costs incurred by such competitor for the diagnosis, care and treatment of any injury, illness, disease or condition resulting from or caused by such competitor’s … More Connecticut Bill Eases Mixed Martial Arts Promoter Requirements

Piracy Statutory Damages “Should Approximate the Actual Damages Suffered”

As highlighted in this site’s Pay Per View piracy prosecution archives, A typical fact pattern plays out as follows A bar pirates the program A private investigator gets wind and documents the piracy Joe Hand Promotions (the commercial distributor for UFC and other PPV’s) sues and requests substantial damages Joe Hand wins but is awarded a fraction … More Piracy Statutory Damages “Should Approximate the Actual Damages Suffered”

Mark Hunt Revamps UFC Doping Lawsuit With Amended Complaint

After partly surviving a UFC motion to dismiss Mark Hunt has doubled down on his most serious allegations against Zuffa, Dana White and Brock Lesnar. Lesnar was sanctioned for anti-doping policy violations surrounding his bout with Hunt at UFC 200. Hunt’s amended filing, which can be viewed here courtesy of Marc Raimondi, sets out ten causes of … More Mark Hunt Revamps UFC Doping Lawsuit With Amended Complaint

Cormier Weigh in Shenanigans Prompt Overhauled Procedures in New York

UFC 210 saw Daniel Cormier, the promotion’s light heavyweight champion, pull a fast one during weigh ins. With minutes left Cormier hit the scales, stripped bare, and weighed 1.2 pounds over the limit.   Moments later Cormier weighed in again and succeeded in making weight.  What miraculous means were used to drop 1.2 pounds in two … More Cormier Weigh in Shenanigans Prompt Overhauled Procedures in New York

Thoughts on Magana’s Threatened Lawsuit Against Cyborg

It is reported that UFC straw-weight Angela Magana is planning on suing Cris Justino (better known as Cyborg) after being struck at last weekend’s UFC fighter retreat in Las Vegas. Video of the incident shows one punch being thrown and presumably landed. Cyborg is being cited for misdemeanor battery by authorities in Nevada.  The crime … More Thoughts on Magana’s Threatened Lawsuit Against Cyborg

Decreased Brain Volume and Cognitive Dysfunction Documented in Professional Fighters

In my ongoing efforts to highlight relevant safety studies addressing combat sports,  a recent study was published in the Journal of Neurology documenting decreased brain volume with associated cognitive dysfunction in professional fighters. The recent study, titled Longitudinal MRI and Cognitive Change in Professional Fighters, is part of the Professional Fighter Brain Health study which … More Decreased Brain Volume and Cognitive Dysfunction Documented in Professional Fighters

Legal Food for Thought Regarding Michael Bisping’s Management Lawsuit

Earlier this week the Daily Mail reported that UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is in the midst of trial being sued by his former manager Anthony McGann. The Daily Mail reports that “McGann…is suing him for £270,000 in unpaid fees and expenses dating back ten years.”.   The lawsuit is based on a disputed contract which … More Legal Food for Thought Regarding Michael Bisping’s Management Lawsuit

California Unanimously Passes Major MMA Weight Cut Reforms

In a welcome development by arguably the most pro-active jurisdiction in North America tackling the perils of rapid extreme weight cuts in MMA, the California State Athletic Commission has unanimously passed major reforms in regulating this practice. As first reported by Marc Raimondi, the CSAC unanimously passed a 10-point plan which seeks to alter the landscape of … More California Unanimously Passes Major MMA Weight Cut Reforms