The Joseph Saveri Law Firm, LLP serves as Co-Lead Counsel in an antitrust class action lawsuit on behalf of current and former professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
The suit alleges Zuffa LLC (which does business as UFC) illegally acquired and maintained monopoly power in the market for MMA promotions and used that power to suppress UFC fighters' compensation.
Plaintiffs are MMA fighters who allege UFC unlawfully obtained monopoly power by impairing other MMA promoters’ ability to compete in the market for MMA promotions. UFC is the largest promoter of MMA events, with some 90% of the market, and has used its dominant position to extract one-sided concessions from the fighters and prevent competition for the fighters’ services. As a result, UFC has been able to suppress fighter compensation and impose exploitative contract terms on the fighters, locking them into long-term contracts for the length of their productive careers.
“UFC’s illegal acquisition and application of monopoly power to suppress the wages of Professional MMA fighters is inexcusable,” says Joseph Saveri, Co-Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs. “Because other promoters are excluded from top arenas, TV, pay-per-view, and other national media outlets, they simply cannot compete, and are either put out of business or relegated to second-tier status as a de facto farm system.”
“UFC pays its fighters a mere fraction of what athletes make in similar sports such as boxing,” Saveri continued. “Fighters who want to establish a national reputation have no choice but to sign with UFC, but then they are left with no opportunity to profit from their success.”