Mixed martial arts fighters accusing the UFC of illegally dominating the sport asked a Nevada federal judge to reschedule its depositions with two executives at the organization, arguing Friday that they can’t conduct depositions of the UFC’s former chief legal officer and current chief operating officer on such short notice.
In an emergency motion to reschedule filed on Friday in the antitrust case, the fighters claim that they would be unduly prejudiced if they were forced to take former chief legal officer Kirk Hendrick’s deposition on two days’ notice. Additionally, there are open discovery issues relating to Hendrick and UFC COO Lawrence Epstein, the motion said.
Even though Zuffa LLC, which does business as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, raised work product defenses, it still only made the two executives available for a limited period of time, meaning the fighters would not have time to properly prepare, it added.
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