UFC set for $100 million lawsuit with ex-fighters

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The UFC is set to be sued for damages in excess of $100 millions by former fighters, who say the organisation underpaid them.

The potential lawsuit is based on the UFC's status has near enough a monopoly of the MMA scene, and as such abuses that power freely in order to weaken the free market.

As a result, fighters don't have anywhere else to go and they have to accept whatever the UFC offers and according to the source, the new deal with Reebok has only seen the suit move forward faster.

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According to Bloody Elbow reporters John Nash and Brent Brookhouse, the lawsuit has been rumoured for several months now as fighters, managers and lawyers worked together to build a case.

The fighters are supposedly "seeking damages for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars due to reduced fight purses, video game rights fees, and other sources of income."

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This comes off the back of the aforementioned 'monopoly' like power that the UFC currently has - they've bought out several rivals over the years - and if deemed they have abused their power, they'd be in violation of 'anti-trust' laws, which can result in payouts of triple damages.

An all or nothing move

It is perhaps the biggest all-or-nothing move for a lot of fighters and while none have been named personally as of yet, it will be interesting to see just who does speak out against the UFC and whether or not any current fighters do so.

The article has a quote from a supposedly 'well known former fighter' who when asked about the law firms they're working said: "These are major players. These are not people [the UFC] will be able to out-spend."

Rumours are sure to be a plenty if the case does come to a head as to just who is stepping up against Dana White and co, with some commenters suggesting star fighters like Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson and Georges St-Pierre as possibilities.

If the UFC loses the case, it could sink the company back to their old ways and halt the progress they've made in becoming a mainstream sport.

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