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article imageThe fight is on as MMA fighters file lawsuit against the UFC

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 17, 2014 in Sports
A group of Mixed Martial Arts fighters are of the opinion that the Ultimate Fighting Championship has made itself into the Only Fighting Championship. Those fighters are all in the same corner now, together launching an anti-trust suit against the UFC.
UFC anti-trust lawsuit filed
Just one current UFC fighter, Cung Le, is named in the lawsuit but he's been joined by two former UFC fighters, Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry. Mr. Quarry says there are many more who support them and that others can join the lawsuit if they wish to do so.
Their chief lawyer, Rob Maysey, said the UFC is doing precisely what the law says a company cannot do: monopolizing the market.
“This is an anti-trust suit,” Maysey told media. “The anti-trust laws of the United States were designed to prevent a firm from dominating a market, artificially stifling competition, and hoarding super-competitive profits for themselves, and that’s exactly what happened in this market.”
Quarry says that the lawsuit is about fairness and that lots of fighters have been calling him and "putting their full support behind this case." Those fighters wish to remain anonymous, he said.
Dana White and UFC: will fight suit
The lawsuit contends that the UFC and its parent company, Zuffa LLC, has created a monopoly and are guilty of engaging in actions that have prevented fair competition. The president of the UFC, and the most powerful man in professional MMA, Dana White, did not immediately comment on the anti-trust lawsuit, but the organization did make a comment.
"The UFC is aware of the action filed today but has not been served, nor has it had the opportunity to review the document," a statement from the organization said. “The UFC will vigorously defend itself and its business practices."
The first UFC event was held in November of 1993 and the company has held some 250 events since. It has 10 fighting divisions, two female and eight male and there have been UFC fights in 16 countries.
The 63-page complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in San Diego.
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