The antitrust suit against the Las Vegas-based UFC will not be dismissed after a Nevada judge denied the motion on Friday.
In December, a class-action lawsuit was filed by former UFC fighters including Jon Fitch, Nate Quarry and Cung Le. The class action suit alleges the UFC participated in anti-competitive practices that hindered fighters.
Then Dennis Hallman and Javier Vazquez filed a second class-action lawsuit followed by a third suit by Brandon Vera and Pablo Garza afterwards.
The UFC on Friday released a statement following the judge's ruling:
"The United States District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada held a hearing on UFC's motion to dismiss today," the statement reads. "The Court correctly explained that on a motion to dismiss it must consider all the factual allegations in the complaint as true, and the complaint must be liberally construed in favour of the plaintiffs. Using that standard, the Court denied the motion to dismiss.
"As we have consistently stated, UFC competes in a lawful manner that benefits athletes around the world and has created a premier organization in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). We look forward to proving that the allegations in the complaint are meritless."