The UFC has just made some changes to its code of conduct for everyone associated with an athlete. The company has now disallowed them from any form of betting on UFC matches.
This means that if you’re an athlete or are managing or handling one, you cannot place bets on any UFC contests.
MMA journalist Aaron Bronsteter tweeted the following:
“The UFC issued a press release stating that they have amended their Athlete Conduct Policy to prohibit all insiders (coaches, managers, handlers, trainers, etc.) affiliated with athletes or the UFC from placing any wagers directly or through a third party on any UFC matches. ½”
The UFC issued a press release stating that they have amended their Athlete Conduct Policy to prohibit all insiders (coaches, managers, handlers, trainers, etc.) affiliated with athletes or the UFC from placing any wagers directly or through a third party on any UFC matches. 1/2
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) January 19, 2023
Fans are criticizing the UFC in response to Bronsteter’s tweet and are calling the company hypocrites.
“Yet come Saturday, we’re gonna have draft kings promo shoved down our throats every time they get a chance”, tweeted one user.
Another wrote: “I bet Rogan, Anik etc still bet all the time. 100%”
One user questioned how independent contractors can be stopped from betting on the UFC: “How can they enforce people under no contractual obligations to them to not gamble? I get the fighters bc they’re under contract but can they legally enforce that?”
Some people also reminded the UFC of their disgusting reaction to Dana White slapping his wife; like this response: “Maybe amend their code of conduct on domestic violence, as their leader likes to beat on his wife”
Reports say that UFC CBO Hunter Campbell sent a memo to all the teams reminding them that athletes are also strictly prohibited from betting on themselves.
It seems like this was one of the good decisions that the UFC has made regarding betting. This is because the AGCO removed their wager ban on the company. This means that betting on the company is now restored in Ontario, Canada.
“Effective immediately, regulated sport and event betting operators in Ontario may resume offering bets and betting related products on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events,”
The ban came as a result of suspicious betting activity during the bout between Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke. Minner’s coach James Krause has also been boycotted by the UFC and no UFC athlete is allowed to associate with him.