Sportia Law - UFC Sports Law Course

Simple fact: the UFC is the fastest growing sports organization in the world. You can hate it or love it, but mixed martial arts are here to stay, and for all sports lawyers out there, it is a real treat.

The intensity and up-scale competitiveness of this sporting practice needs to be understood, from a sports law perspective, as a sport which undeniable absorbs key aspects, concepts and principles of traditional branches of law such as the following: assumption of risk, broadcasting rights, contractual law, copyright, criminal liability, drug testing, insurance, intellectual property, media law, negligence, strict liability, sports arbitration, TV packaging and an all-time classic “unsportsmanlike conduct”.

We at SPORTIA LAW took the opportunity to dig deep into the – still pretty unknown and untreated – sports law regulations of the UFC and MMA itself. We believe the sharing of this information to students from around the world can generate a solid idea to every professional desiring to work in the sports field: a sport can be built from scratch (it will surely take a while) and be brought to the elite of the sports industry if it is properly managed and with key decisions taken at crucial crossroads.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship started just a few years back – 1993 – taken into considerations other well recognized sports. We´ve taken the UFC into our own “sports law octagon” and have prepared interesting and debatable legal issues concerning UFC´s competition, the Unified Rules and other Important Regulations of Mixed Martial Arts and private contacts provisions that deal with the common practice and assessment of professional fighters.

These are some of the aspects we´ve considered relevant in our Course and with which we have reached the interest of students and professionals in the sports field worldwide:

• The international recognition and admissibility of the UFC as a sport. (Public Law and International Private Law)
• The commercial reach of the UFC. (Commercial Law, Private Law and Audiovisual-media Law).
• UFC Regulations (Private Law, Sports Law, specificity of sports, judging, fouls, etc.)
• Injuries, permanent injury, death. (Insurance law, specificity of sports, civil and criminal liability, etc.)
• Sports Law analysis of the Bout Agreement. (Contractual Law, Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Insurance, Promotional rights, etc.)
• Sports Law analysis of the Promotional Agreement.
• Sports Law analysis of the Fighter Code of Conduct.
• And much more…!!!

Based in Madrid, Spain, we are eagerly anticipating the incursion of the UFC in the “Peninsula Iberia” and hopefully it will not take long before having this amazing sport grapple and submit even newer audiences from this part of the world.

As Bruce Buffer would intensely share with fans around the world: “IT´S TIME!!!”

Any additional information about our UFC Course (or any other of our Sports Law Courses) or about SPORTIA LAW please feel free to contact us at at your earliest convenience.


A few days away from the second leg of the Final of Spain´s Professional Football Second Division, Liga Adelante, between Granada C.F. and Elche, C.F., it´s interesting to see how a modification on the league´s competition system has burst up this season´s final weeks of the tournament, and even more, the earning of the third and last spot to be part of Spain´s worldwide acclaimed First Division: Liga BBVA.

What changed in Liga Adelante that made it have such a success, from a sporting and economic perspective? Why were the last few weeks of competition marked by better-than-average public attendance from home crowds in almost all the match dates, high television audience and passionate sports media reviews?

Here is what happened: Spain´s Professional Football League approved a modification of the competition system, which established that out of the 22 teams that made up Liga Adelante, 3 would advance to First Division, but only the first 2 would advance directly. The third sport would be fought between the pending four teams with best point average at the end of the tournament, not taken in consideration “branch clubs” that are part of such League as is Barcelona B football club. In this regard, Barcelona B ended third in the League, Elche was fourth, Granada fifth, Celta de Vigo sixth and Valladolid seventh.

Both knock-out playoffs series, Elche v. Valladolid and Granada v. Celta de Vigo ended up being true “gladiator battles” on a football pitch. Intensity, packed stadiums, controversy, missed penalties, golden opportunities missed by the losing squads and memorable comebacks.

In retrospective, with few weeks remaining for the league´s finale, most of the clubs had something to play for, the upper part of the qualifying table fought for promotion spots, while the lower part of the table fought to secure their spots in Second Division. In a few words, Spanish Football´s Second Division had excitement until the very end. A true sound judgment by the league´s organizer, and a good example of how a sporting competition can change its dull ways and turn into a “Cinderella competition”, favoring football dearest components: spectacle and good old top notch sporting competitiveness.