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UFC Officially Involved in Class-Action Lawsuit, Over $1.6B in Damages Possible

Sports Illustrated

August 10, 2023

The UFC is potentially being sued by over a thousand fighters.

The ongoing UFC Antitrust lawsuit has been elevated to class-action, after a court ruling from Judge Boulware on August 9.

The UFC Antitrust Lawsuit Explained Simply

Back in December 2014, a group of MMA fighters — some still active — joined together to file a class-action lawsuit against the UFC and its parent company Zuffa LLC. These representatives, like Cung Le, Nate Quarry, Jon Fitch, and others, believe that the UFC used “improper strategies” to control the market for MMA fighter services.

In essence, they’re alleging the UFC paid them a lot less than they should have, and that the UFC has formed a monopsony on the professional MMA market, which hurts all MMA fighters as a result.

This group of fighters is trying to represent around 1,200 other current and former UFC fighters.

After fighting in court for more than six years, in December 2020, the court said it’s planning to officially recognize this group as a “class” of fighters and shared its written opinion about it. If the class is officially recognized, the fighters leading the lawsuit and their lawyers will represent the whole group of ~1,200 fighters.

“One of their goals is to recover money for all 1,200 fighters. Another goal is to force the UFC to change the way it does business.” (via

Well, the court has now recognised the “class” to represent, which is the “bout class”, or fighters “who competed in one or more live professional UFC-promoted bouts taking place or broadcast in the United States from December 16, 2010 to June 30, 2017.”

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