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Post by pithikos on Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:04 pm

Saw this on bloody elbow, linker and underground. If this happens and they have a case its game changing, UFC will have to radically change the way they do business. Thoughts?
For months, Bloody Elbow reporters John Nash and Brent Brookhouse have been investigating rumors of a class action lawsuit against the UFC by former and current fighters. Bloody Elbow can now confirm through multiple sources that such a lawsuit is not only in the works but that a filing is imminent.

While we have been told the names of several potential signatories we have as yet been unable to confirm that those names will appear on the complaint. As was told to Bloody Elbow, the recent announcement of the Reebok sponsorship deal with the UFC appears to have reached into the suit, resulting in some strategic changes.

We have been able to confirm that the suit will be based on accusations that the UFC has violated antitrust laws by abusing their "market power" to intentionally and systematically cripple the free market. Several of the individuals we spoke to compared it to the recent San Jose hi-tech employee and NCAA antitrust cases. The manager of one high profile fighter who wished to remain anonymous has informed Bloody Elbow that the plaintiffs will be seeking damages for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars due to reduced fight purses, video game rights fees, and other sources of income. The final amount could even be greater, with statutes awarding "treble damages" in antitrust cases.

Another manager referred to the pending suit as "a game changer."

According to our sources the fighters are represented by three or four large firms renowned for antitrust litigation. The firms named to us have won major class action antitrust cases against bigger targets than the UFC, including against those in the banking, credit, technology and pharmaceutical industries.

As one well known former fighter told us "These are major players. These are not people [the UFC] will be able to out-spend."

While we can not release names of the potential signatories at this time, the names that have been reported to us are notable fighters and personalities in the sport.

Bloody Elbow has reached out to the UFC for their comments on the pending suit and we will provide updates as they become available.

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Post by fka on Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:30 pm

This is epic....this is how zuffa falls

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Post by Heretic on Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:45 pm

we will just have to wait and see.......
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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by God of Thunder on Sun Dec 14, 2014 3:51 am

It´s about time. Bury the UFC brand + the Fertitta sisters and move on with the sport.
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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by God of Thunder on Sun Dec 14, 2014 3:56 am

I wonder who the people behind the lawsuit are?
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Post by westcott123 on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:05 am

Golden Age wrote:It´s about time. Bury the UFC brand + the Fertitta sisters and move on with the sport.


excatly lets hope mma next boom in europe or japan picks up steam or better yet no one company runs the mma world we should see the best fight regardless of org
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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by fka on Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:52 pm

If ufc falls expect viacom to swoop in and pull a zuffa move on zuffa...

Only company with enough assets and balls to pull it off is bellator.

Most orgs cant afford to pay to keep their own stars let alone paying for new highly paid fighters.

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by fka on Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:54 pm

I really hope viacom does grab a majority of big names because they have bankroll and have a vision of uniting mma through co promotion and fighter sharing.

If they got access to more fighters it could translate to the dream matchup s and tournaments we've been hoping for.

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by stu3ufc on Sun Dec 14, 2014 8:33 pm

is it cb dollaway?

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by nhbnews on Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:33 am

8) I love you pirat ufc banned

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by fka on Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:02 pm

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/12/15/7393151/former-champ-sean-sherk-wants-in-on-lawsuit-against-ufc

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by nhbnews on Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:15 pm

Don't expect the zombie 'media' to cover this properly. You know where to get the real deal.

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by CDF47 on Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:04 pm

Golden Age wrote:I wonder who the people behind the lawsuit are?

That's what I'm wondering as well

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by nhbnews on Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:10 pm

You shall find out soon. 8)

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by westcott123 on Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:20 pm

nhbnews wrote:Don't expect the zombie 'media' to cover this properly. You know where to get the real deal.

i agree they will just play it off as just former desgruntled employees as we all know it always the fighters fault never zuffa's dana can murder a baby and these moron's would still blame the fighter his having a feud with
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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:57 pm

Press conference scheduled for 1:00 Tuesday afternoon in San Jose, California.

http://fcfighter.com/post/report-fighters-to-launch-multi-million-dollar-lawsuit-against-ufc
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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by nhbnews on Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:08 pm

The Zuffa Zombie sites are publicly announcing this when they were told not to reveal the location so as to tip off Zuffa. Again, do not trust these scum.

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by nhbnews on Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:38 pm


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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by Audax on Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:01 pm

Former champ Sean Sherk wants in on lawsuit against UFC

By Anton Tabuena @antontabuena on Dec 15 2014, 10:30a


Former lightweight champion Sean Sherk wants in on the class action lawsuit against the UFC.

The biggest story in Mixed Martial Arts today has been about a massive class action lawsuit that could potentially cost the UFC hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Bloody Elbow's Brent Brookhouse and John Nash were first to report on the topic, stating that several current and former UFC fighters will be involved in the case backed by multiple large firms that the UFC won't be able to 'out spend'.

While the names of those fighters already involved have yet to be released, once the news broke, a certain former UFC champion has publicly stated that he wants in on the lawsuit as well:

Sean Sherk @SherkSean

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https://twitter.com/SherkSean/status/543916046672199680

Sherk linked to the article about the lawsuit, and also gave a few more details from his facebook page:



Earlier this year, Sherk also sent out a few tweets being upset with the current state of MMA:

Sean Sherk @SherkSean

Welcome 2the world of MMA where every1 lies 2 UR face, tells u what u wanna hear then sticks it 2 U.
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The 41-year-old former champion first fought for the UFC back in 2001, and after dealing with multiple injuries, he officially retired in 2013. He has compiled a 36-4-1 record during his MMA career which saw him win and defend the UFC lightweight title in the process.

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/12/15/7393151/former-champ-sean-sherk-wants-in-on-lawsuit-against-ufc
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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by nhbnews on Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:16 pm

Note that all these Zuffa Zombie sites are posting information from an embargoed press release. It is common to embargo press releases until a certain date for all sorts of reasons, and to send them early as a courtesy to the media. But the media has to agree not to post the info early.

When some people posted results of taped Zuffa shows, they went crazy. Now their shill sites are doing just that, but about a fighters' lawsuit against the Zuffa thieves.

These sites are scabs. So far, they include Bloody Elbow, FC Fighter, MMA Weekly, and Yahoo. Fuck them all.

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:19 pm

Add mmajunkie to that list.

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by nhbnews on Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:23 pm

I hope all these shills are barred from the press conference.

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by Hamilcar on Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:02 pm

This is exactly what should be happening. I am just trying to figure out which fighter would have been smart enough to start this. Georges St Pierre? Too cozy with Zuffa. Randy Couture? Couture would be my guess. I feel that he is smart enough to do this along with been just hostile enough to actually follow through.

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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by westcott123 on Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:59 am

just think this all started after wanderlei really started his tirade against the event as he calls it they got sean sherk and numerous other fighter's also against them but has the ufc responded at all they should never underestimate people power which i think they are doing fedor aoki bibiano askren are the smart one they made more money fighting outside the ufc then what they would fighting in the ufc
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Re: Fighters to file lawsuit against the UFC

Post by stu3ufc on Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:12 am

westcott123 wrote:fedor aoki bibiano askren are the smart one they made more money fighting outside the ufc then what they would fighting in the ufc

yeah but the zuffa zombies will justify that as "he doesnt want to fight the best in the UFC" bullshit instead of fighting for better money and not the peanuts the UFC pays

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