Report: UFC Spends Nearly Half Million Dollars On Fighting Against Fighter Friendly “Ali Act”

The UFC has spent a rather large sum of money over the year of 2016 in lobbying H.R. 5365, which has become known as the Muhammad Ali Expansion Act.

For the year of 2016, Bloody Elbow has reported that the UFC has spent an estimated $420,000 across eight separate lobbying reports.

H.R. 5365 was unsuccessful, as the 114th congress ended in January. The bill has been reintroduced as H.R. 44 and has until January 3, 2019 to be passed.

The Muhammad Ali Expansion Act attempts to make the initial Ali Act applicable in the sport of MMA. Designed to protect the rights and welfare of the fighter, the Ali Act is largely favored by competitors.

Most recently, UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor claimed that he would stand behind the Ali Act in his momentary move to boxing.