The UFC notched a major win in the ongoing battle against the Culinary Workers Union this week when the Federal Trade Commission announced it had found no wrongdoing in the case of Zuffa purchasing Strikeforce. The FTC was made aware of the transaction in a letter from the union stating the UFC/Zuffa had violated anti-trust laws by obtaining an unfair grasp on MMA by taking over Strikeforce, seen at the time as the #2 promotion in the sport.
“Upon further review of this matter, it now appears that no further action is warranted by the commission at this time. Accordingly, the investigation has been closed,” read the FTC’s report on the matter. The commission also clarified it could take further action if deemed in the “public interest” but simply hadn’t found a reason to look into things further.
Specifically the areas being reviewed were whether or not the UFC was a monopoly and whether or not their status had been achieved by less than savory means.
While the Culinary Workers Union does not necessarily have an issue with the UFC in particular, the organization has been at war with Fertitta-owned Station Casinos for years based on their policy to use non-unionized employees. The Culinary Workers Union is also believed to be behind the UFC’s struggles to get MMA licensed in New York as a means of getting at Zuffa and the Fertittas.
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