UFC files preliminary injunction in New York case

September 30, 2015

The UFC filed its motion for preliminary injunction on Tuesday.  It argues that the UFC is likely to prevail on its claim and should be granted the injunction to hold its event at Madison Square Garden this April.  Notably, it has already spent a non-refundable $25,000 for the anticipated event in April.

No hearing date has been set and we’ll likely see opposition from New York.

Similar to its complaint filed on Monday, it stresses the contention that the statute banning professional MMA in the state is inherently vague.

“Much of the law’s problems stem from its failure to explain with any reasonable degree of clarity what exactly a “combative sport” is,” reads the moving papers submitted by the UFC.  “Rather than define the term expressly, the statue attempts to reverse engineer a definition by exempting from its prohibitions certain sports, including “martial arts.””

Again the UFC stresses its belief that any issues on standing are now answered: “Whatever uncertainty may have existed on the matter in the past, it is now crystal clear that the estate interprets the law to prohibit Plaintiff from doing so.”

The UFC utilizes deposition from the Jones v. Schneiderman lawsuit to provide evidence that even NY officials provided contrary testimony to how they interpreted the statute.

In addition, the UFC notes that it has contracted with the World Kickboxing Organization, an “exempt organization” allowed to hold events in the states.  The motion states, “To eliminate any potential concerns about the imminence of its injury, Plaintiff has contracted to host a live professional MMA event sanctioned by an Exempt Organization.”

It also indicates that it has committed $25,000 as a non-refundable deposit and stands to lose millions of dollars in ticket sales and media revenue.

As we’ve learned from previous injunction requests in MMA, there are hurdles the injunction-seeker must prove that “the probability of his prevailing is better than fifty percent.”

  1. “a likelihood of success on the merits [of the lawsuit],”’
  2. That it will suffer “irreparable harm” with a preliminary injunction, and
  3. “that a preliminary injunction is in the public interest.”

We should also note that the UFC also challenges NY Liquor Law as it did in the November 2011 lawsuit as that law mirrors the Combative Sports Law (or “CSL” as it is referred to in the pleadings).

Payout Perspective:

This will be an interesting, and an important injunction for the UFC in its fight to hold an event in New York.  I believe that the first element, “likelihood of success on the merits,” is the biggest hurdle for the UFC.  Obviously, the monetary investment in holding an event reflects the “irreparable harm.”  You can argue the “public interest” element.  Despite the ban, and the inability to get a law passed in Albany to legalize MMA, there is still a lot of support for the sport in the state.  The “likelihood of success” could be a toss-up and based on the court’s interpretation of the CSL ban.

6 Responses to “UFC files preliminary injunction in New York case”

  1. tops E on September 30th, 2015 11:39 PM


  2. TrollsRoyce on October 1st, 2015 4:06 AM

    I could be wrong but the World Kickboxing Organization requires its fighters to use protective gear. The ufc is really in no position to file any lawsuit against anyone.

  3. d on October 2nd, 2015 9:13 AM

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  5. d on October 2nd, 2015 3:30 PM

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  6. Andrew Bernhard on November 22nd, 2015 7:10 AM

    The New York courts don’t require weighing the potential of harms in granting or not granting (http://fraudlawyersflorida.com/2015/11/22/the-preliminary-injunction-primer-restraining-orders-in-floria-civil-disputes/)? How often do these get granted up there?

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