Ever wonder how much revenue Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has generated over the last 15 years?
We may soon find out.
Attorneys for ZUFFA, parent company of UFC, are attempting to block a request for 15 years of financial statements, filed by plaintiffs in the UFC lawsuit (more on that here), by asking for a motion to stay in Northern California District Court, according to Bloody Elbow.
Plaintiffs will need to prove that ZUFFA, lauded as a multi-billion dollar company by UFC President Dana White, is keeping the king's feast for itself and throwing scraps to its fighters, the men and women who are actually inside the Octagon risking their lives.
All while fostering a toxic work environment.
The lawsuit "seeks treble damages and injunctive relief under the Sherman Antitrust Act stemming from the UFC's alleged 'over-arching, anti-competitive scheme to enhance its monopoly power' in the market for promotion of live Elite Professional MMA bouts," according to the official complaint (read it here).
ZUFFA is asking the court to first rule on its motion to dismiss and transfer the class action suit to Las Vegas, Nevada, before requiring the mixed martial arts (MMA) powerhouse to dig up years of financial records, a costly and time-consuming task.
If it doesn't, the next hearing takes place on July 23, 2015.