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Former MMA Fighter Diagnosed With CTE

Former Bellator MMA fighter Jordan Parsons was diagnosed with CTE.  A drunk driver hit Jordan Parsons six months ago at the age of 25.  After examination from a medical doctor he has been publicly identified with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease made infamous by the documentary League of Denial.  The first person to discover CTE, forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, performed the examination on Parsons.

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Boxing / Finance / Regulations / Sports Law / UFC

Transparency Leads To Higher Fighter Pay

John S. Nash at Bloody Elbow did a great write-up titled “Why do boxers make more than MMA fighters?”  The very thorough article interviews multiple managers, fighters, and business figures in the combat sport landscape.

Fights like Mayweather-Pacquiao, where both fighters made a few hundred million dollars, can skew the data.  MMA fighters have a much higher floor pricing, with many UFC prelim fighters making $10,000 compared to boxers who sometimes only make $1,500.  The median payout for boxing and MMA fighters still favored boxers:

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Regulations / Sports Law

Daily Fantasy Sports Open For Business In New York

The five leading companies in daily fantasy sports have been issued temporary permits to run daily fantasy sports contests in the state of New York.  Earlier this month Governor Cuomo signed a bill that legalizes daily fantasy sports providers but places them under regulation from the state.  The new law states that daily fantasy sports are mostly a game of skill.  The five sites allowed to operate daily fantasy sports in the state are DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, FantasyDraft, and Draft.

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Sports Law

TJ Dillashaw Says UFC Abuses Contract Workers

The UFC has long been criticized for how it treats fighters.  Fighters say they are mistreated and under-compensated while the UFC says that the fighters get paid enough based on the revenue that the UFC pulls in, and if the fighters don’t like it, the UFC says they can go to one of the other promotions like Bellator.

TJ Dillashaw is coming off a unanimous decision win over Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200.  On the Team Alpha Male’s Stud Show Radio program Dillashaw was very critical of the UFC signs fighters as contractors instead of workers.

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