After thousands of eyebrows were raised recently, by the news that the UFC is facing a class action lawsuit, now it’s been announced that Cung Le, Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry are among the plaintiffs.
The suit was formally announced today at a press conference in San Jose, and the fighters are reportedly being represented by three law firms that specialize in antitrust cases.
The law suit alleges that the UFC has used its reach and influence to reduce the free market and limit what fighters can earn. According to a report from Bloody Elbow.com, more fighters are involved in the suit, however, Le, Fitch and Quarry are the “identity class plaintiffs.”
Fitch and Quarry have been openly critical of the UFC’s business practices in the past, while Le only recently expressed his desire to leave the promotion.
The veteran fighter was harshly critical of the way the UFC handled his suspension, and its subsequent retraction, following his loss to Michael Bisping.
Le was accused of using human growth hormone this past summer, but the testing facility and procedures that were used came under fire, and the UFC rescinded the fighter’s suspension.
While it remains to be seen what unfolds with the suit, clearly this has the potential to dominate MMA headlines moving forward.