UFC Antitrust Settlement Heads To Court For Approval

The UFC’s $335 million antitrust lawsuit settlement has now been filed in court. 

TKO Group Holdings Inc., which includes the UFC and WWE following their merger, settled two class-action lawsuits filed by former UFC fighters. The lawsuits, filed in 2014 and 2021, suggested that the UFC monopolized how much fighters could earn by breaking anti-competitive measures to remove competition.

The first case, ‘Le et al. vs Zuffa,’ was brought by around 1,200 fighters in 2014. Then, in 2021, Kajan Johnson and C.B. Dollaway filed a lawsuit on similar grounds. A settlement was reached to avoid going to court. Now, the terms of that settlement have been revealed. The UFC will put around $100 million in “an interest-bearing escrow account,” three days after the court preliminarily approves the settlement.

Another $100 million will be put in three days after the court approves the settlement or on November 1, 2024, depending on which comes later. The last $135 million owed will be paid no later than April 1, 2025. The payments will go into a UFC Settlement Fund, which will make the payment to the eligible fighters. Although both sides have signed the settlement, it must be approved by the courts. 

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