February 14, 2017
Brock Lesnar has retired from the UFC according to multiple reports and first reported at MMA Fighting. Lesnar notified the company on Tuesday.
Lesnar was serving a 1 year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission and USADA. If he returns to MMA, he will have to serve the rest of the suspension.
The suspension was issued after Lesnar settled with the NSAC and USADA issued a 1 year suspension for failing an out-of-competition test and an in-competition test for UFC 200 this past July.
In addition to the suspension, he was fined $250,000 which is 10% of his reported $2.5 million purse for his win over Mark Hunt. Currently, Hunt has filed a lawsuit against Lesnar, Dana White and the UFC.
Lesnar is scheduled to appear at Wrestlemania on April 2nd.
With Lesnar retiring for the second time (his first was after his loss to Cain Velasquez after UFC 121) in the UFC, it means that he will no longer be tested by USADA and included in the UFC Anti-Doping Program. We shall see if Lesnar will decide to return but if he does its likely he will be tested heavily by USADA and given no waiver.
February 13, 2017
The U.S. Magistrate in the Hunt v. Zuffa, LLC, et al. case has granted Mark Hunt’s request to seal documents in his lawsuit. The ruling means that the general public will not be able to view certain documents.
The purpose of the seal according to plaintiff as noted in the order was to “allow him [Hunt] to proceed with this action while not violating the confidentiality agreement.”
When Hunt filed his lawsuit, certain exhibits attached were not included as he was requesting to file them under seal. He claims that he signed a confidentiality agreement and filing the documents without a request to seal might be a violation of the agreement.
What the order means is that the public will not be able to see certain contracts Hunt entered into with Zuffa, LLC. This is unfortunate for the public as it would show what type of contract Hunt signed to fight Lesnar as well as other agreements he had with the company.
February 6, 2017
We will have to wait until the end of the month to see the response the UFC and Dana White will provide to Mark Hunt’s lawsuit. The parties agreed to extend the time for the UFC and White to respond according to a legal filing on Friday.
According to the stipulation, the UFC and White will provide a joint response to the lawsuit filed by Hunt last month. The UFC Heavyweight sued the company, White and Brock Lesnar as it relates to his fight at UFC 200 this past July. Among the claims, filed in federal court in Nevada, breach of contract, RICO violations and negligence.
The stipulation is below. The UFC and White has until February 28, 2017 to provide a response.
The stipulation notes that White had yet to be personally served (a requisite in lawsuits), but will accept service based on his attorneys receiving the lawsuit. It also notes that the UFC and White will share one response. This means that Lesnar will need his own attorneys and has yet to respond.
The stipulation only applies to the UFC and White which means that Lesnar has until tomorrow to respond if he was personally served the lawsuit. Lesnar could seek an extension to respond as well. Note, the term “respond” as the UFC and White may file a Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit. The rules state that they can do this prior to filing an Answer. You can expect this to happen and the extension of time may provide them more time to do this. In the alternative, the extra time may mean they want to either negotiate with Hunt and/or file a response with counterclaims.
January 10, 2017
UFC Heavyweight Mark Hunt has filed a lawsuit against the UFC, Dana White and Brock Lesnar in the District Court of Nevada on Tuesday. The lawsuit stems from Hunt’s fight against Lesnar at UFC 200.
Hunt is claiming violations of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering, Fraud, False Pretenses, Breach of Contract, Breach of Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Duty, Negligence and Unjust Enrichment.
The premise of the complaint is that the UFC allowed Lesnar to fight at UFC 200 while providing the WWE wrestler with an exemption from the UFC’s anti-doping policy.
Lesnar tested positive for a banned substance in both an out-of-competition and in-competition drug test.
Lesnar defeated Hunt via unanimous decision at UFC 200 this past July.
The Complaint makes reference to UFC 152 when Vitor Belfort was allowed to fight with a testosterone use exemption but without disclosing the information to the public or his opponent Jon Jones.
In the lawsuit is embedded a photo of Lesnar pummeling Hunt.
In Hunt v. Zuffa, LLC, et al., complaint embeds a pic with the caption, “Doping Lesnar Fights Hunt, a clean competitor, at UFC 200.” pic.twitter.com/Q4HCcUAIvc
— Jason Cruz (@dilletaunt) January 11, 2017
Of the notable items in the Complaint, Hunt claims RICO violations against the UFC which carry treble (3 times) damages.
He also claims personal injuries which include damage to reputation, loss of opportunity of career advancement and further earning potential.
Hunt has intimated that he may take legal action and he did. The timing comes after Lesnar was recently handed 1 year suspensions from USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission which meant that he could come back in July 2017.
RICO is a very specific statute that requires that a person must commit at least two acts of racketeering activity from a set of crimes within a specific time frame and are related to an enterprise. This will be interesting for Hunt to prove and would make discovery as interesting as the current antitrust lawsuit filed by former fighters.
Hunt is scheduled to fight in March 2017 which makes this lawsuit all the more interesting.
MMA Payout will keep you posted.