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  1. avenue94 Black Belt

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    The judge in the UFC's anti-trust lawsuit expanded the parameters of the class to include fighters up to the present. It was previously only Zuffa fighters from Dec. 2010-June 2017. It looks like Kajun Johnson and CB Dolloway filed a complaint that led to the change (both fighters qualified for the original class).

    In practical terms, this means that the original class of 1,214 fighters of the class action lawsuit just increased by 500 UFC fighters. (I count 437 debuts from 2018-present.) It also might include all the fighters from the Contender's series, since those are technically Zuffa contracts, which is pretty ironic given that the Contender's Series was a way for the UFC to sign cheap talent to longer term contracts.

    This is important for a couple reasons

    -Bigger class means more damages. On the high end, the UFC was already facing nearly $5 billion in damages if they lost (anti-trust damages are automatically tripled). So if damages are proportional to class size, that means damages just increased 40-50 percent, meaning the high point for damages would be quickly approaching the valuation of the UFC. (the high point would obviously not be the final settlement size)

    -Another 3 or 4 years of discovery, testimony, subpoenas, etc. and the potential for more embarrassing information to come to light. It also would mean more insight into UFC financials, but this is more just a bonus if you're curious.

    -I'm no lawyer, but I imagine this also means the case will take even longer. So if we're lucky we might have a final ruling before 2030, if the UFC doesn't settle before.


    Final note: A lot of people on sherdog might not realize this, but the UFC lawsuit is actually a pretty big deal in economics and the larger legal world. Monopsony cases are very rare, and if the fighters win, it would be a massive change in precedent that could affect litigation in other industries.
     
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  3. JosephTessaro Silver Belt

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    Why do you even come to the threads? Is 1-2 minutes of reading going to kill you?
     
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    High stakes poker here. No way WME rolls the dice on a trial. They are gonna settle if they can’t get this thrown out but expect that to take years
     
  5. axe wound Belt Creep

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    Sorry Joseph. Thanks for keeping your post short and sweet
     
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    I suspect Dana White is leaving the UFC in the next 5 years

    This case will only get worse and White will leave so he wont be running the company as this shit storm gets really bad

    I bet there's some internal pressure since he's not really needed anymore. He's already rich and did what he set out to do, take a fringe sport and make it somewhat niche/mainstream

    WME & ESPN are going to hire someone to make UFC even more mainstream

    Whether it'll work or not who knows

    My best guess of the first changes under new leadership

    • Better Pay & Revenue split
    • Firing half these no-name fighters UFC keeps on their roster
    • Really focusing on better scouting, more Olympic caliber athletes, and stand out talent
    • Better production value, UFC is still stuck in late 2000's early 2010's production. (Ive yet to see any better countdown or Embedded with better production value than Showtime & especially HBO 24/7)
    • A streaming service like DAZN, PPV model will be fully gone
     
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  7. avenue94 Black Belt

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    Lawsuit bigger, UFC more worried.

    There you go, 5 words.
    Like I said, fingers crossed it's settled in the next decade. And for what it's worth, WME's stance, taken with a big grain of salt, was : "UFC is awaiting the official written order from the judge and assuming he rules as previously indicated, then UFC will seek an appeal of this decision. UFC believes that we have meritorious defenses against the allegations and intends to defend itself vigorously."
     
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    2030? I doubt combat sports are still a thing, lol.
     
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    The plot thickens.
    <{jackyeah}>
     
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    You're supposed to condense it for us
     
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  11. JosephTessaro Silver Belt

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    I didn't create the post...
     
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    Yeah but you stepped up, so it's time to deliver
     
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  13. JosephTessaro Silver Belt

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    You're forgiven. Maybe just read the tweet if there are too many words in the post? Just sayin...
     
  14. JosephTessaro Silver Belt

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    Ok...read the tweet, it's short.
     
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    Why people always be flexing their illiteracy lol
     
  16. avenue94 Black Belt

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    It's literally why I included the tweet lol
     
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  17. axe wound Belt Creep

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    Can somebody just read the tweet for me
     
  18. DoctorDeelon Brown Belt

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    No deal.

    He's flexing good judgement and time management not wasting time reading some stupid shit.
     
  19. axe wound Belt Creep

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    Surely they could have found a more captivating image like the just bleed guy to post in that tweet
     
  20. GrantB13 Red Belt

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    Basically, was TS is saying is

     
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