A new UFC policy has prohibited active UFC fighters and their camp members and family members from betting on UFC fights.
The UFC has created a new policy applicable to active fighters on its roster. This policy officially banned all UFC fighters from putting money on fights. This includes all fights organized by the UFC as well as all members of the fighter’s camp.
The information was leaked in a letter acquired by ESPN written from UFC CBO office Hunter Campbell. This prohibition was introduced in the UFC Athlete Code of Conduct charter.
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What does the anti-gambling policy mean for UFC fighters?
Campbell explained that a majority of states that regulate sports betting prohibit in-house betting activities. He added that as licensed promoters they are subject to government regulation and called it “the natural evolution of sport.
He further explained that these rules are now officially in effect for all UFC fighters and fighter-associated personnel. These regulations were developed and deployed by state legislators and regulators to maintain the integrity of the sport.
Campbell also added that the policy will cover all practice teams, family members of fighters as well as anyone else with “inside information” privileges. This informational privilege factor also applies to all UFC events.
Campbell made it clear that the new policy does not cover gambling site sponsorships. So UFC fighters with such contracts will legally keep them without any challenge from the company.
Additionally, many UFC fighters are paid to predict fight outcomes on social media to promote betting sites. The policy simply prevents placing bets on fights under the UFC brand through recognized betting outlets.
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