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Lawyers representing former UFC fighters Cung Le, Nathan Quarry, Jon Fitch, Brandon Vera, Luis Javier Vazquez, and Kyle Kingsbury will be holding an information session to update potential class members of that status of their suit against UFC.
The suit filed on Dec. 16, 2014 alleges that “UFC violated antitrust laws through a scheme to dominate the alleged market for promotion of mixed martial arts.” They also claim that “the alleged scheme permitted the UFC to pay its fighters below levels that free and fair competition would have produced.” To be eligible to join the class, you must have competed in a UFC bout after Dec. 16, 2010.
The tactics the suit claims UFC used to gain an unfair advantage over fighters include:
- locking fighters into long-term, exclusive contracts, preventing them from competing elsewhere, and restricting the use of their identities;
- using its market dominance to coerce fighters to re-sign contracts, making the contracts effectively perpetual, and preventing fighters from reaching free agency; and
- acquiring and then shutting down other MMA promoters that had the potential to threaten the UFC’s dominance.
With the recent trade of Demetrious Johnson to ONE for Ben Askren and the slew of free agent signings by ONE and Bellator, the idea UFC is operating contrary to “free and fair competition” carries less weight. A statement released on behalf of the plaintiffs claims that “if the fighters had more viable promotions competing for their services, they would be paid a lot more.”
The information session takes place on Dec. 5, 2018 at 1 PM PST at the offices of Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP at 3556 E. Russell Road inLas Vegas, NV.