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Information About Combat Sports Law

Formerly the Canadian MMA Law Blog.

Recent Posts

Below is a preview of the five most recent posts from the blog Combat Sports Law. To read these posts in their entirely or subscribe to future updates from this blog, please visit their website!

  • Fighters Call for CTE and Concussion Warnings on Gloves and Headgear

    Concussion and CTE are serious occupational risks of combat sports. Despite these risks many have a false sense of belief in the ‘protection’ offered by gloves and headgear. According to the Association of Ringside Physicians “Headguards should not be relied upon to reduce the risk of concussion or … Read more »

  • BC Overhauls Combat Sports Regulation

    In Canada the Criminal Code makes all ‘prize fights’ (a broadly defined term that can even capture light contact and grappling events) illegal by default except amateur combat sports that are “on the programme of the International Olympic Committee or the International Paralympic Committee“ The Crim … Read more »

  • Colorado Looking At Expanded Fighter Appeal Rights

    There is room for improvement when it comes to appeal rights in combat sports. In most jurisdictions fighters can only successfully appeal a bout result if they could prove there was collusion (ie crooked officiating), the scorekeeper made a mathematical error in adding up the judges scores, or ther … Read more »

  • Shedding Light on PFL Contract Terms

    Litigation has probably been the best tool to shed light on contract terms of various MMA promotions. Recently a PFL contract made its way into the public sphere as a result of this (HT to Elthon Costa for first breaking this news). By way of background a fighter and the promotion were involved in a … Read more »

  • Declining Postural Balance “Significantly Associated” With Suspected CTE in Fighters

    Presently CTE can only be diagnosed after death. But there are criteria for diagnosing suspected CTE in the living which is useful for research and other purposes. It is called Traumatic Encephalopathy Syndrome “TES”. A recent study was published researching athletes with and without TES and seeing … Read more »