UFC Sues Nebraska Bar Owner for Illegal Broadcast of UFC 128

Written by Tom Ngo
June 24th, 2011

UFC President Dana White

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the UFC is suing Larry Davidson, the owner of The Edge Bar and Grill in Alda, Nebraska, for allegedly broadcasting “UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones” on March 19th without the company’s permission.

Davidson stands accused of illegally receiving the pay-per-view broadcast and showing the event without authorization, as well as violating copyright laws. The world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion reportedly filed a claim seeking up to $260,000, plus attorney’s fees.

“It is logical to conclude that (the bar) either used an illegal satellite receiver, misrepresented their business establishment as a residence or removed an authorized receiver from one location to a different business location in order to intercept Plaintiff’s broadcast,” said the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Lincoln.

The report did not mention if The Edge Bar charged their customers a fee cover at the door.

UFC 128 took place inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Jon Jones dominated then-champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to capture the light heavyweight crown in the night’s featured contest.

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