The UFC’s legal battle has seen two more fighters enter the fray: both, veterans of UFC competition.
Javier Vazquez and Dennis Hallman are listed as plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed yesterday in Northern California.
John Nash and Brent Brookhouse of Bloody Elbow published a report early this morning, describing the complaint as otherwise “identical” to the one filed last Tuesday.
The suit, which can be read in full here, accuses ZUFFA of:
“overarching anti-competitive scheme to maintain and enhance its (a) monopoly power in the market for promotion of live Elite Professional mixed martial arts (“MMA”) bouts,1 and (b) monopsony power in the market for live Elite Professional MMA Fighter services”
The two plaintiffs, Hallman and Vazquez, are familiar names to longtime MMA fans.
Vazquez fought for both the UFC and the ZUFFA-owned WEC from 2009 to 2011 — the final bouts of a long MMA career which began in 1998. A black belt under Rodrigo Medeiros of Carlson Gracie Team, now affiliated with Gracie Academy, Vazquez is a highly regarded jiu-jitsu instructor in Southern California. He announced his official retirement from MMA competition last year.
Hallman appeared in nine bouts in the UFC from 2001 to 2011, including a challenge for the UFC Lightweight Championship against Jens Pulver at UFC 33. He has 72 fights to his credit, including one for ProFC last month in Russia. In recent years he has also officiated MMA bouts in his native Washington State.
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