By Zach Arnold | September 2, 2011
So, you’ve now seen the letter by Culinary Union 226 to the FTC about an investigation into the UFC. A couple of days ago at Boxing Insider, Bryanna Fissori posted a new item titled UFC’s new legal team gets ready for Battle with the FTC. Here’s a look at the upcoming battle:
“Tortuous interference” is a likely a cause of action given the nature of the company’s contractual and/or business relationships. In order to succeed on a claim of such, the FTC would have to prove that the UFC convinced a party to breach a contract or prevented them from fulfilling their contractual obligations. Zuffa must have also had knowledge the party’s existing contract. The interference with business relationships claim is only available when the tortfeasor (Zuffa) does something to prevent parties from establishing or maintaining business relationships.
One general example where this may be evidenced by Zuffa is in their business strategy involving sponsorship which prohibits sponsors from sponsoring any other MMA event. The UFC is known to ban sponsors for virtually any reason including sponsoring others in the industry regardless of if they already have a known contractual obligation to that company or fighter. The FTC would have to prove that Zuffa had knowledge and intent in this situation to find tortuous interference and the extent of the interference would be taken into consideration. Given the public nature of the company’s relationships with sponsors it is unlikely that there actions would constitute unlawful dealings as for the most part, the cards are all on the table.
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This week’s MMA Link Club featured stories
Five Ounces of Pain: Strikeforce GP conference call highlights
MMA Fighting: Josh Barnett says he must win – and finish
“Titles are spoils of war,” Barnett said Tuesday during a media call for the semifinals of the
tournament, which takes place Sept. 10. “You have to go out there and win battles before you can raid the dead of all their belongings.”
How open? Rumors floated yesterday that Overeem is preparing a relocation to Las Vegas and could be on the Fox November show, something Kevin Iole is not impressed by because Overeem isn’t known to the masses. Mr. Iole stated that UFC wanted to book Brock Lesnar vs. frank Mir for the Fox main event. He doesn’t think it will happen and guesses that Dan Henderson vs. Vitor Belfort is an option open to book.
Bleacher Report: Exclusive interview with cult MMA documentarist Genghis Con
What is so striking about Genghis Con is how real his depictions prove. You can’t help but feel that you are watching something eminently authentic, created by someone congruently genuine.
He was always excited and happy to see me succeed, which is very kind of him, but when I was told by the UFC that we are scheduled to fight, my initial reaction wasn’t to question that on the basis of our relationship outside of the cage. It’s not out of lack of respect towards Chael, but I train with a lot of middleweights in my gym with whom I may have to use that “friend card” in the future.
I managed to find a 24-hour wonton hut in the alley of the Orchard City Centre. Two older ladies were behind the counter, hooking it up with a giant pot of some steaming brew. I knew I could bust out some Mandarin Chinese, so I did. I pointed to something on the menu and asked what it was in Mandarin. One of the cooks flipped out, the other looked at me in disbelief. ‘American?’ she asked. ‘Dui’ I responded with (which is ‘Yes’ in Mandarin). Now what happened next isn’t fabricated at all. Not in anyway. They put down their kitchen utensils and started chanted ‘Obama, Obama! Obama is good!’ and danced behind the counter.
MMA-Japan.com (Mike Hackler): Checking in from One FC
Events are already scheduled for the organization, of which have yet to be announced, but will be right after the show. Let me tell you Asia, you guys are going to get a heavy dosage of MMA in the months and years to come.
For a related article on this topic, check out David Williams’ piece on Fedor and what his relative worth was to Strikeforce.
The Fight Nerd: Top 10 worked shoot fights in Japanese pro-wrestling
The choice they made for #1 was an interesting bout. It took place at Tokyo Bay NK Hall, did a half-house, and was Tsuyoshi Kohsaka coming off a UFC run. Tamura was still viewed as the ‘ace’ of RINGS in Japan and Kohsaka never got real traction as a star when he came back. He was taken more seriously, but he didn’t become a bigger star.
I’m very surprised that the 20-minute draw between Frank Shamrock & Kiyoshi Tamura from Osaka Prefectural Gym (RINGS) didn’t make the list.
Also at The Fight Nerd, photos from fight rehearsals on “Warrior” film.
MMA Convert: King Mo loves MMA, but not the culture
Is there anything he likes about MMA fans? If he keeps this up, he’ll have the same kind of fan club Chael Sonnen has in Brazil.
MMA Payout: Film review of “Warrior”
The movie does a great job in explaining the sport of MMA without hitting the audience in the face with it. Although Warrior embellishes the rules of MMA, the fight scenes are fairly true. Not only do the action sequences feature stand-up game but also show jiu jitsu. Warrior will play well with non-MMA fans as it does not try to shove the sport down the audience’s throat.