Cung Le, Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry are the three biggest named fighter who have decided to sue the UFC, it emerged at a press conference last night.
Many former UFC fighters, including these three, have banded together with lawyers to sue over the UFC 'monopolising' the professional MMA world.
Le is the most surprising of the bunch as he's the only fighter that currently has an active deal with UFC and has only recently been reinstated following an issue with a supposed drugs test.
The Key Points
The major takeaway from the press conference is that the UFC has destroyed the competition, thus limiting opportunity and forcing fighters to take bad deals.
The evidence for this includes Dana White and his public statements that follows the buying out of some rivals usually includes a picture of him with a tombstone with his rivals names on it.
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The UFC has responded briefly with the following statement:
"The UFC is aware of the action filed today but has not been served, nor has it had the opportunity to review the document. The UFC will vigorously defend itself and its business practices."
Some media members have already pointed out that the deal Eddie Alvarez struck with the UFC shows there is at least some choice in signing for the UFC and the highly touted Ben Askren fighting elsewhere for big money definitely adds to the equation.
Still, it's clear to everyone that the UFC is the pinnacle of MMA competition, evidenced as such by Alvarez and Askren's wishes to be there, yet not every fighter has their pull. In facts, barely any do.
Yet if anyone epitomises those hard done by - then Le and Fitch are definitely in the top five names you'd go to.
Abuse of power?
With there being no athletic commission in Macau, the UFC were the ones in charge of drugs testing and that backfired spectacularly as the labs they used were found to be insufficient in the testing required - despite saying Le failed his test.
They then suspended Le for a year, and had to backtrack when it emerged that Le was clean.
Then there's Fitch, who was forced to sign over his likeness rights to the UFC in order to agree a new deal, which means they can use him in their games, despite him being long done with the company.
When speaking about Cain Velasquez in 2008, who had a similar problem and asked for the term to be removed, White said:
"Cain [expletive] Velasquez, with two [expletive] fights, wants us to change it for him? That's [expletive] nuts. He can get the [expletive] out."
The decision to sue the UFC comes at a time where there's a lot of uncertainty amongst fighters.
With the new Reebok deal, fighters haven't been told the specifics of the deal and many are concerned that it's going to cost them money.
Flyweight champ, Demetrious Johnson is the biggest name to express concern, with Brendan Schaub also saying he's lost half his earnings already.
With the Diaz brothers being similarly upset with the UFC and Nate doing enough to get anyone else fired before his fight with Rafael dos Anjos, there might just be some hope from fans/fear from the UFC, that more current contracted fighters join.
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