Brandon Vera and Pablo Garza File Third Class Action Lawsuit Against UFC
A third class action antitrust lawsuit against the UFC has been filed by two former UFC fighters. A report from Bloody Elbow reveals that Brandon Vera and Pablo Garza are the men behind it.
Less than two weeks ago the first lawsuit of this nature was filed by Cung Le, Nate Quarry and Jon Fitch.
And only a few days ago the second lawsuit was filed against the UFC by Dennis Hallman and Javier Vazquez.
At one point in time, Brandon Vera was considered one of the best prospects in the UFC. He won his first four fights in the organization, including an impressive TKO of Frank Mir at UFC 65.
After his win over Mir, he and the UFC had issues on renewing his contract. Vera would sit out nearly a year before returning to the UFC. He then lost his next two fights at heavyweight against Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum.
After the loss to Werdum, Vera dropped down to compete in the light heavyweight division and went 3-3 before fighting Thiago Silva at UFC 125. Vera got absolutely manhandled by Silva and lost a unanimous decision.
The loss to Thiago Silva resulted in Vera being cut by the UFC. However, after Thiago Silva failed his post-fight drug test for a falsified urine sample, the UFC allowed Vera to return to the organization.
Brandon Vera would lose two of his next three fights in the UFC and be cut for good. Vera now fights for ONE FC, the biggest MMA organization in Asia.
Pablo Garza fought once in the WEC (ZUFFA owned) and six times in the UFC. Garza won three of those fights. After his loss to Diego Brandao at UFC on Fuel TV 9 he was released by the organization.
Garza is rumored to be speaking with European MMA organizations such as Cage Warriors and BAMMA to get back into fighting.
It’s uncertain why all these fighters did not join the initial lawsuit filed by Le, Quarry and Fitch. Perhaps the plan is for many fighters to file many different lawsuit’s, in hopes that it will cost the UFC a lot more money to fight multiple lawsuits as opposed to one mega one.
There’s a good chance this will not be the last lawsuit of it’s nature filed against the UFC.