The UFC has banned its fighters from betting on any UFC fight, regardless of if they are involved or not.
The change in the UFC Athlete Conduct Policy means that fighters can still be sponsored by gambling companies, but they are just not allowed to bet in any way within the sport.
“As you know, the UFC Athlete Conduct Policy requires UFC’s contracted athletes to act in a legal, ethical, and responsible manner and avoid conduct detrimental to the integrity of the UFC organisation,” the organisation’s statement read.
“In light of clear direction that we have received from regulators responsible for the regulated sports betting industry in the US, we are compelled at this time to recognise in the UFC Athlete Conduct Policy certain restrictions relating to wagering by our athletes, members of their teams and certain others.
Athletes, such as James Krause and Derek Brunson, have previously posted their UFC gambling winnings online – but they will no longer be able to do so under the new legislation.
Furthemore, the governing body has outlined that it has provided some additional guidance in assisting athletes to determine the potential scope of the state-imposed wagering restrictions.
“We appreciate your dedication to our sport and your efforts to ensure its integrity,” the UFC explained.
Most states in the US already prohibit athletes from wagering on promotions of events of which they are involved in, with some even extending this to the training teams of such athletes.