Two ex-UFC fighters bid their former employer a Merry Christmas by filing a class action lawsuit yesterday.
The pair are just the latest of a string of mixed martial artists who have taken legal action against ZUFFA (the majority owner of the UFC) in recent weeks, beginning December 16.
John S. Nash of Bloody Elbow describes this latest action as listed as 5:14-cv-05621 Vera et al v. Zuffa, LLC in Northern California District Court. It appears otherwise similar to other two lawsuits.
Unlike the first action, which we profiled here at Caged Insider earlier this month, neither plaintiff is a currently on the UFC roster.
The first plaintiff in this case, Brandon Vera, is currently under contract with ONE FC. He made a successful debut with the promotion earlier this month in the Philippines, scoring a first round knockout of Igor Subora. Previously, Vera fought at both heavyweight and light heavyweight in a sixteen-bout UFC career. Among his career highlights were a first round TKO victory over former heavyweight champion Frank Mir in 2006.
The other, Pablo Garza, is unsigned as of this writing. Garza fought for the UFC six times, and once for the WEC (which was, by then, under ZUFFA ownership). He began his career as a lightweight, but has competed at featherweight in his last six bouts, including his most recent — a loss to Diego Brandao, at a UFC on Fuel TV event back in April 2013. His career highlights include a knockout of Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Fredson Paixão in 2010.