UFC Hires Washington Lobbying Firm

May 28, 2008

While the UFC has been highly active on a state by state basis in trying to shape the regulation of mixed martial arts, the UFC entered the fray on a national level recently by hiring Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck to lobby on Capitol Hill.

“UFC is at the point where they are one of the fastest-growing sports leagues, and we want to make sure members of Congress are aware of the changes MMA has undergone,” said Makan Delrahim, a former top Justice Department official who is now a lobbyist at Brownstein Hyatt.

The UFC also looks to use the lobbying firm to resist efforts to place the UFC under regulation relating to professional boxing. In short, they are looking to do everything they possibly can to not be listed under the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act of 2000 and Professional Boxing Amendments Act of 2007, regulating among other things contracts between fighters and promoters.

“Sometimes those types of laws can become vehicles for other things, affecting other sports,” Delrahim said.

“Boxing has a whole different story and certain laws may have been appropriate, but it is a whole different operation for MMA; it wouldn’t make sense to apply the same rules.”

Inclusion of the UFC under the two aforementioned boxing reform acts would basically turn the standard UFC fighter contract on it’s ear. The standard UFC contract is largely seen as one-sided, favoring the corporation to an almost draconian degree.

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