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Los Angeles judge rules against California State Athletic Commission, AG over abuse of due process

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Last week, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Bellator fighter Alexander Shlemenko and against the California State Athletic Commission for abuse of due process rights after increasing Shlemenko’s steroid suspension to 3 years.

UFC’s Clintonian Presidential triangulation on stopping the Ali Act for MMA

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

The UFC’s two-pronged attack in stopping the Ali Act from getting amended involves Dana White full-throated backing Donald Trump while new owner Ari Emanuel will use the family’s sway in Clintonworld to try to keep the status quo.

Why Fox Sports is a lock to retain UFC television rights after the $4 billion sale

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

After the Fertitta family sold UFC for $4 billion dollars to William Morris, it is a lock that Fox Sports will keep UFC programming and ESPN’s dwindling fortunes has a big part to play in it.

The real power player this UFC 200 weekend was USADA and the impact of drug testing on UFC’s business

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

In the time span of one year, the power of USADA’s drug testing program on the UFC is demonstrably clear. The efforts of an anti-doping program has totally changed the landscape by impacting a lot of fighters who look like shells of themselves.

Jon Jones is the stupidest high-level main event fighter ever in MMA history

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

UFC 200 will go down in the record books as the event that permanently scarred the MMA organization.

California rejects enforcing Nevada’s suspension of fight promoter Roy Englebrecht

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Roy Englebrecht is continuing to do business as a fight promoter in California despite being suspended in the state of Nevada for perjury. And the California State Athletic Commission appears to be just OK with this arrangement.

Kimbo Slice wasn’t just an internet legend, he was MMA’s second greatest TV attraction

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Kimbo Slice was the second biggest TV attraction in modern day Mixed Martial Arts, only behind the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba. It’s why his death on Monday night at the age of 42 has drawn major headlines in North America.

The Ariel Helwani dilemma: Lawsuits & informants, not protests or unions, is how to fight UFC media policy

Monday, June 6th, 2016

After the UFC kicked out Ariel Helwani from the building on Saturday night, the press corps is howling about his mistreatment. Howling isn’t going to cut it. It’s time to change tactics and build negotiating leverage.

UFC 199: Lifetime media bans, Brock’s back, Stockton Street Fight II, champion Michael Bisping

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

What was supposed to be a quiet UFC 199 Southern California ended up with Michael Bisping knocking out Luke Rockhold to become champion, Ariel Helwani and his crew getting lifetime UFC bans, an announcement of Brock Lesnar for UFC 200, and Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor II signed.

A summary of the major Nevada State Athletic Commission changes coming in 3 weeks

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

When the Nevada State Athletic Commission promised wholesale changes to their rules & regulations after the state’s budget changed their financing from general funding to self-funding, they weren’t kidding. The proposed economic & drug testing suspension changes will have a ripple effect.

If Bellator fighters submitted invalid medical records, why didn’t California punish Bellator?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

In Zach Light’s lawsuit against Bellator for wrongful termination in the name of public policy, he did not cite causes of action for whistleblowing or retaliation. Why? Additionally, why is he spilling the beans about allegedly invalid medical fighter records submitted to California when the Athletic Commission took no action against Bellator?

Searchable text of Zachery Light’s wrongful termination complaint against Bellator, Viacom

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Former Bellator employee Zachery Light filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Bellator & Viacom under Scott Coker’s tenure, claiming forged medical records and medical records from an unlicensed physician.

Two Nevada commission governing changes just made Vegas more hostile to fighters

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

With finances tightening up for the Nevada State Athletic Commission, there will be an open and aggressive stance to overpenalize & overcharge fighters for punishment in order to force settlement agreements to cut administrative costs.

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