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MMA Veteran Mark Hunt Scores Big Court Win Against UFC, Dana White and Brock Lesnar as Lawsuit Revived for Fraud and Battery

Hunt Enlisted Nevada-Based Holley Driggs Law Firm to Lead the Appeal After the District Court’s Sweeping Dismissal in November 2019.

LAS VEGAS, September 30, 2021 — Holley Driggs law firm scores big court win for its client, MMA veteran Mark Hunt, against the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Dana White and Brock Lesnar as Ninth Circuit revives lawsuit for fraud and battery.

Last Friday, September 24, 2021, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a reversal of a U.S. District Court’s decision to dismiss Mark Hunt’s lawsuit against the UFC, White, and Lesnar for their roles in the controversial UFC 200 bout, wherein Hunt suffered a devastating loss to Lesnar, who was later revealed to have been using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in violation of state and federal law, as well as the contract signed between the fighters and the UFC. 

Hunt enlisted shareholding attorney Brian W. Boschee and associate attorney Jessica M. Lujan, of the Holley Driggs law firm, to lead the appeal after the District Court’s sweeping dismissal in November 2019.

“We agree with the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, and we are very happy that Mark Hunt has been vindicated,” said Hunt’s lead appellate attorney, Brian Boschee, who delivered the oral argument before the Ninth Circuit. “Our client looks forward to proving his claims and sending a message to the UFC about its drug-testing practices.” 

Unless a petition for rehearing is lodged by UFC, White, or Lesnar, Hunt’s fraud, battery, and civil conspiracy claims will be sent back to the District Court for further litigation. The Ninth Circuit’s memorandum opinion addresses an issue of first impression under Nevada battery law.

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