As reported by Bloody Elbow, former UFC fighters Cung Le, Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry are the first three fighters named as plaintiffs in the press conference detailing the class-action lawsuit against the UFC. The suit alleges that the UFC has violated the Sherman Antitrust Act for efforts to eliminate competition, resulting in a marketplace that only allows fighters to earn a fraction of what they would be able to in a competitive marketplace.
Joseph Saveri Law Firm Inc. has been named the primary law firm in the case. Among the various accusations, the report states that UFC does not allow sponsors in the cage if they had sponsored rival fighters or events. This is one of many facets of the case used in support of the idea that the UFC takes active measures to eliminate potential market competition.
The UFC class-action lawsuit is open to “All persons who competed in one or more live professional UFC-promoted MMA bouts taking place or broadcast in the United States during the Class Period. The Bout Class excludes all persons who are not residents or citizens of the United States unless the UFC paid such persons for competing in a bout fought in the United States.”
The full document filed at 12:45 p.m. PT states: “The UFC has used the ill-gotten monopoly and monopsony power it has obtained and maintained through the scheme alleged herein to suppress compensation for UFC fighters in the Bout Class artificially to expropriate the UFC Fighters’ identities and likeness inappropriately.”
On the antitrust case, the UFC released the following statement: “The UFC is aware of the action filed today but has not been served, nor has it had the opportunity to review the document. The UFC will vigorously defend itself and its business practices.”
Scifighting will have more on the press conference findings as the story develops.