A recent study was published in the Journal of Engineering in Medicine documenting and measuring the forces of head impacts in MMA bouts. In the study, titled “Concussion and the Severity of Head Impacts in Mixed Martial Arts” the authors fitted 13 MMA athletes with the Stanford instrumented mouthguard during sparring and also during bouts. … More Study Reviews Measurable Severity of Head Impacts in MMA Bouts
A few years back Nevada overhauled their combat sports rules to allow instant replay when fights concluded following injury to determine if the injury was caused by a fair blow or a foul. More recently Nevada expanded their ability to use instant replay “at any time” to increase the ability of referees to get things … More Let’s Talk Daniel Cormier Eye Poke, Missed Calls and Nevada’s Instant Replay Rule
Further update September 3, 2020 – Today is is reported that the NAC handed Pena a 4.5 months suspension for this infraction. Pena tested positive for marijuana in connection with UFC on ESPN 12 fight against Khama Worthy. Four-and-a-half month suspension, which expires Nov. 10, 15 percent fine of “show” purse, or $4050, and $218.04 … More Is Nevada Doing “Violent Bob Ross” Wrong When it Comes to Cannabis?
Imagine competing in a professional MMA bout and winning by submission. Then, months later, you are told the bout was overturned to a no contest by the athletic commission in a process that you had no notice of nor were invited to participate in. That’s exactly what MMA fighter Sean Cerveny experienced. At LFA 80 … More New Mexico Athletic Commission Blunders Fighter Appeal Rights With Admitted Impropriety
Two arbitration judgements were released today documenting an anti-doping issue involving released UFC fighter Gilbert Melendez. Of interest the decisions address when USADA has jurisdiction over a fighter who has been released by the UFC. In short Melendez tested positive for GHRP-6 and its metabolites GHRP-6(2-5)-OH and GHRP-6(2-6)-OH as the result of a urine sample … More Gilbert Melendez Handed 2 year Doping Ban For Violation After Being Released From UFC
Adding to this database of combat sports safety studies, a paper was recently published in the journal of Human Kinetics noting that there is no statistical advantage to athletes who outweigh their opponents via rapid extreme weight loss/gain practices in MMA. In the recent study, titled Worth the Weight? Post Weigh-In Rapid Weight Gain is Not … More Study – Weight Advantages From Weight Cutting/Gaining Non Factor in Bout Outcomes
Cornerwork in MMA has come under scrutiny in recent weeks. When should seconds stop a fight? Who should be qualified to work as a second? Can seconds be legally accountable if they fail to protect their fighters? As with many things in combat sports the legal requirements are not consistent and vary widely from jurisdiction … More Are Seconds Legally Liable For Fighter Injuries?
In one of the rare examples of an appeal succeeding after a controversial bout result in MMA, Chas Skelly successfully had a TKO loss overturned to a no contest. Kelly fought Bobby Moffett at UFC Fight Night 139 on November 10, 2018. The bout ended in round 2 when referee Tim Mills stopped the contest … More Chas Skelly Successfully Appeals TKO Loss With Colorado Athletic Commission
Today the UFC’s private anti doping partner USADA announced that Bruno Arruda da Silva was handed a 2 year suspension for ingesting boldenone. Arruda da Silva tested positive for boldenone and its metabolite as the result of a urine sample collected out-of-competition on May 27, 2019. Arruda da Silva denied wrongdoing and blamed the ingestion … More Bruno Arruda da Silva hit With 2 Year UFC Anti Doping Suspension for Boldenone
Adding to this database of combat sports safety studies, a paper was published this week addressing how long it takes fully locked in chokes applied by trained individuals to lead to full loss of consciousness against resisting opponents. (Full disclosure- I volunteered as one of the “sportive choking experts” helping analyze the data). The study, … More Study – Locked In Chokes Take 9 Seconds To Full Unconsciousness