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FROM MMAFA: MUHAMMAD ALI ACT
In July 2009, CSAC sent a letter to Mixed Martial Artists stating that federal law required all fighters to obtain a national ID card. The application to obtain the National ID card is virtually identical to the boxing counterpart, with two key exceptions: 1. The MMA application does not contain an equivalent bill of rights that boxers receive, and 2. The MMA application deletes the medical disclosures required to be given to boxers. Of course, the commissions are not enforcing the Ali Act to MMA, and no federal law is being applied to MMA. That federal law is the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act of 2000. FINDINGS OF FACT APPLICABLE TO THE ALI ACT (Modified to replace boxing with MMA as appropriate and not complete list for brevity): State athletic commissions do not currently receive adequate information to determine whether fighters competing in their jurisdiction are being subjected to contract terms and business practices which may violate State regulations, or are onerous and confiscatory. A recent example of this lack of adequate information occurred in an arbitration presided over by Commissioner Andy Foster. One of the parties to the arbitration sought to ask questions in regards to a promotional agreement which they believed were very pertinent to their case. Commissioner Foster, however, ruled that the Promotional Agreement was not before the commission as it was not submitted by the promoter, and that it would not be admitted or read into evidence as the promoter deems the agreement “confidential.” How can the commission adequately regulate or arbitrate disputes when they do not even obtain copies of all agreements between the promoter and MMA fighter, as is required in boxing? READ THE FULL ALI ACT HERE