The UFC have announced that the Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLC law firm will represent them in their upcoming antitrust lawsuits.
“We have built a popular business from modest beginnings by meeting the needs of fans and fighters,” an official statement from the UFC reads. “Millions of people have watched our bouts, we have instituted leading health and safety measures for our athletes, and fighters are free to negotiate contract terms.
“We will stand up against the plaintiffs in this litigation every step of the way, and have engaged attorneys from Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP with a depth of experience in antitrust issues. We are proud of the company we have built, confident in our legal position, and intend to prevail in this lawsuit.”
Seven fighters, Cung Le, Jon Fitch, Nate Quarry, Dennis Hallmann, Javier Vasquez, Brandon Vera and Pablo Garza, have now thrown their weight behind the lawsuit which claims that the UFC has in effect being running a “monopoly” in the sport which has restricted their earning power and limited their options.
Nevertheless, the UFC’s new lead litigator Bill Isaacson is confident that the sports leading organization will have a successful outcome in court.
“The antitrust laws have long favored companies that create new products and services that consumers want,” Isaacson said. “That is exactly what the UFC has done here through its long and substantial investment in building a popular sport.”