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Press Conference to Detail UFC Class-Action Lawsuit

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A press conference will be held today in San Jose, CA detailing a UFC class-action lawsuit. According to a story broken by Bloody Elbow, a class-action lawsuit is to be filed against the UFC by fighters. The report claims that the suit will be based on accusations that the UFC has violated antitrust laws by abusing market power to cripple the free market.

Dana White at UFC 167 Media Scrum (Photo via UFC)
Dana White at UFC 167 Media Scrum (Photo via UFC.com)

At 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET), an announcement will be made at a press conference announcing the legal action by MMA professionals against the UFC. The plantiffs’ names will be released at the press conference as well as other details on the case. The Bloody Elbow report also confirmed through it’s sources that the recent announcement of the Reebok sponsorship deal appears to have made its way into the suit. The manager of one high profile fighter has stated that the plaintiffs are seeking damages for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars due to reduced fight purses, video games rights fees and other various other sources of income.

(Lorenzo Fertitta, photo via lowkickmma.com)
(Lorenzo Fertitta, photo via lowkickmma.com)

In 2012, The FTC lead an investigation into Zuffa’s business practice when the organization purchased Strikeforce. As reported by MMAJunkie, the investigation attempted to determine whether the UFC violated section 7 of the Clayton Act or section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. The Federal Trade Commission took no action, but did not rule out future action.

Again, no names of potential signatories have been released, but the report claims that notable fighters and personalities are allegedly involved in the case. Scifighting will report on the press conference as the story develops.

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Kurt Tellez
Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.