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UFC brawl sparks questions about liability

New York mixed martial arts fans may wonder about the implications of the brawl that broke out after the Ultimate Fighting Championship match 229, which brought together Irish fighter Conor McGregor and Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov. Both MMA fighters as well as their supporters, coaches and trainers were involved in the ruckus that followed the bout, in which Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor. Fans may be most curious about what steps they could take if they were seriously injured while watching live sports.

Someone injured in the UFC brawl could potentially sue those involved for money damages to compensate for their medical bills, lost wages and other costs. They could sue for battery, as they were assaulted without consent, or intentional infliction of emotional distress. While the latter cause of action is less common, the extreme behavior that followed the fight could rise to the level required. In addition to suing the actual perpetrators, however, an injured fan could sue the arena and any businesses involved in the organization and security of the event.

This type of premises liability claim would highlight the negligent behavior of the venue and other parties in creating an environment that was unsafe for spectators. One of the most relevant issues would be the extent to which arena security as well as guards for the UFC monitored the fighters and their entourage before, during and after the incident. If the security guards failed to do their jobs, the business could be held responsible.

Sports arenas and other public venues have a responsibility to create a safe environment for their customers. While it's unlikely that someone would be hurt in an arena brawl, owner negligence can lead to slip-and-fall accidents. A personal injury lawyer can work with an injured victim to seek compensation for their damages.

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