Cohen Milstein is co-lead counsel in a class action on behalf of elite MMA fighters alleging that Zuffa LLC – commonly known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship – has unlawfully monopolized the markets for promoting live professional MMA bouts and for purchasing the services of elite professional MMA fighters.
Class actions filed on December 16, 22, and 24, 2014, allege that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) engaged and continues to engage in an anticompetitive scheme to suppress compensation for elite professional mixed martial arts (“MMA”) fighters by unlawfully eliminating competition from rival MMA promoters and maintaining and enhancing its monopsony power in the market for MMA fighter services. The antitrust actions were filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose on behalf of fighters Cung Le, Nathan Quarry, Jon Fitch, Luis Javier Vazquez, Dennis Lloyd Hallman, Brandon Vera and Pablo Garza.
The lawsuits claims that the UFC’s alleged anti-competitive acts from at least 2010 to the present, have made and maintained the UFC as the only option for MMA fighters who want to earn a viable living in the profession. The complaints allege that, as a result of its anti-competitive conduct, the UFC receives approximately 90% of all revenue generated by MMA events in the US, and potentially worldwide, while paying UFC fighters a fraction of what they would earn in a competitive marketplace.
The eligible class members in this litigation are 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. Additional class members include each and every UFC Fighter whose identity was expropriated or exploited by the UFC.
The plaintiffs are represented by Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLC, Berger & Montague, P.C., Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc. and Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek PLC.