UFC Lawsuit #2
A Second Class-Action Lawsuit Filed
A 2nd class-action suit was filed against Zuffa, the owner of the UFC, in California District Court on Monday, December 23, 2014.
The lawsuit names former UFC fighters Dennis Hallman & Javier Vazquez as plaintiffs. The news broke with BloodyElbow first, who reported a second-antitrust suit filed with Zuffa yesterday.
The suit appears to be identical to the one filed by Cung Le, Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry last week.
We don’t yet kno wwhy the a second lawsuit was filed, or if the fighters named on the separate complaints will eventually join the initial class-action suit. Both lawsuits are represented by the same legal team.
During a press conference last week, lawyers for the initial case said “no formal decision had been made” on whether more fighters could be included in the lawsuit as time progresses. Interestingly, they’re also quoted as saying “the door is open” when referring to other fighters wishing to join them.
According to a statement – the suit accuses Zuffa & the UFC of;
“.. illegally maintaining monopoly and monopoly-power by systematically eliminating competition from rival promoters, artificially suppressing fighters’ earnings from bouts and merchandising and marketing activities through restrictive contracting and other exclusionary practices.”
Dennis Hallman, released by the UFC when he failed to make weight in 2012 and resulting in the cancellation of the bout. The UFC paid Hallman both his show & win money despite the cancellation and despite his release. Hallman debuted in the Octagon at UFC 29 in December 2000 and has had multiple fights, with a 72-bout pro fight career.
Meanwhile, Vazquez fought only one time the Octagon. He scored a win against Joe “Daddy” Stevenson via Unanimous Decision at UFC Live4 in June 2011. Prior to that, the fighter known as “Showtime” posted a 2-3 record with the (then Zuffa owned) WEC Promotion between August ’09 to November 2010.
WE’ll Keep you posted on Developments.
Read the FULL STORY about the class-action lawsuit launched last week by UFC fighters Cung Le, Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry.