On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with our colleague and correspondent Chris Thomas about the state of mixed martial arts.
On the top of the list of issues we discussed was the recent buyout by Zuffa, the parent company of UFC, of their main competitor, Strikeforce. We examined the issue of whether or not this might violate antitrust legislation in the U.S. We discussed the possible precedent set by the 1955 U.S. Supreme Court case, United States v. International Boxing Club of New York (IBC), in which the court said that the U.S. government could take the IBC to trial for having an effective monopoly on boxing, despite the antitrust exemption that the U.S. Congress had granted to baseball. The U.S. government prevailed, and later won its case against the IBC.
We also examined other issues relating to the state of MMA, including who benefits and who does not with this buyout, what other or aspiring major promoters might do to succeed under the present conditions, and more.
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