Lawsuit Will Allege That UFC Abused Antitrust Laws

Published on December 16th, 2014 12:25 am EST

A number of MMA fighters, including some former and possibly current members of the UFC, have banded together to sue the UFC.

According to reports, a massive lawsuit, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, will be filed against the UFC in California on Tuesday afternoon. A press conference has been scheduled for 1 pm PST/4 pm EST to formally announce the lawsuit. According to multiple press reports, some of the fighters who are involved in the lawsuit will be on hand at the press conference.

While the details of the lawsuit have not been revealed as of yet, the UFC will reportedly be accused of abusing their "monopoly status" and violating anti-trust laws. According to reports, the plaintiffs will allege that the UFC's abuse of power has resulted in "reduced fight purses, video game rights fees and other sources of income".

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The list of the plaintiffs will be formally announced on Tuesday, but you can safely assume that some of the former UFC fighters that have spoken out against the company in recent months (Tito Ortiz, Jon Fitch, Randy Couture, etc) will be included in the lawsuit.

The big question - will Georges St. Pierre be lending his name to the suit? After all, St. Pierre is on record as saying that the UFC is a "monopoly". If you were to go forward with a lawsuit, wouldn’t you want Georges St. Pierre to be one of the lead plaintiffs? The problem, of course, is that St. Pierre is still undecided as to whether or not he will return to the Octagon again, so he may wish not to participate in the suit because he wants to fight in the UFC in the future. That is assuming, of course, that St. Pierre believes in the validity of the lawsuit.

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There are some high-powered law firms involved in this suit and the UFC is going to have to deploy significant resources to adequately defend themselves.

One thing is for sure - this lawsuit is going to shed quite a bit of light on some of the dealings of the UFC. This is going to be fascinating.

Source: Bloodyelbow.com - Fighters To Sue UFC For $100s of Millions In Class Action


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