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Recently, Mark Hunt, the mixed martial arts fighter that made it to FindLaw's Tarnished Twenty after threatening to personally sue his UFC opponents that cheat, has filed a lawsuit against Brock Lesnar and the whole UFC. Hunt is alleging that UFC and Lesnar conspired together, and not just that the league was simply negligent in not expediting Lesnar's drug tests.

Hunt, who lost his match against Lesnar last year, attempted to work out some sort of settlement with the UFC when it was discovered that Lesnar had used performance enhancing drugs and had failed two pre-fight drug tests. However, the UFC has been unwilling to compromise. In essence the UFC stated that since they have been lenient regarding their rules on PEDs in the past, Hunt had no expectation that UFC wouldn't be lenient in Lesnar's case.

Larry Nassar, former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and at Michigan State University, is currently in police custody, charged with sexual assault of a minor in his home and possession of child pornography. And these cases are unrelated to the claims of 18 female athletes that Nassar used the cover of medical examinations to sexually assault them in incidents spanning two decades, most of them when the victims were minors.

Nassar is also named in four other civil lawsuits, and Michigan authorities are investigating over 50 complaints involving the doctor.

For the past four or five years now, New Jersey has been trying to legalize gambling in the Garden State. A 2012 law authorizing sports betting was struck down by courts, as was a 2014 statute repealing state prohibitions on gambling at racetracks and casinos. But it's this distinction -- between official state approval and tacit repeal of a prior ban -- that Jersey is betting on when it comes to the Supreme Court.

The biggest gamble, however, remains: the odds that the highest court in the land even hears the case.

Mixed Martial Arts competitions have been increasing in popularity for some time now. It is billed and sold as the ultimate fighting competition as there are no padded boxing gloves, and fewer rules than in any other fighting competition. However, like most other sports, performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and other substances are banned from use by competitors.

Mark Hunt, a prominent, well liked, and successful MMA fighter was recently at the center of a controversy because his opponent had been caught using PEDs. Despite pre-fight urine tests coming back positive, the league still allowed the fight to go forward, and unfortunately for Hunt, he lost.

While the league invalidated the results, and his opponent was fined $250,000, Hunt believes that this does not begin to make up for what he was forced to endure. After discovering this information, Hunt insisted that the league change his fight contract to include provisions that state his opponents will not use PEDs, and if they do, there will be consequences. However, UFC has denied Hunt's requests. In response, Hunt has publicly stated that if an opponent of his is caught using PEDs, he will personally file a lawsuit against them.

With the growing popularity of YouTube and other video sharing websites, daredevils and stuntmen have easy access to a public forum to share their feats. Today's daredevils film themselves jumping off buildings into pools, and doing all sorts of other death-defying things with high-definition video cameras strapped to their bodies. However, the stunts of today lack the same level of showmanship that classic daredevils like Evel Knievel or even Super Dave Osborne used to provide.

Recently, one YouTube daredevil, 8booth, who is known for jumping off tall buildings, cliffs, and structures into water, missed a jump into a pool and broke both his feet. While there has been an outpouring of sympathy for the daredevil, there has also been an overwhelming amount of vitriol against him.

Phil Ivey, a World Series of Poker professional player that has won more than $6 million on the tour, and over $19 million from playing online poker, has run into some legal trouble with an Atlantic City casino. The poker pro, who calls himself the Tiger Woods of poker (maybe he might want to reconsider that one), along with an accomplice, in 2012, used a technique known as "edge sorting" in order to win/scam $9.6 million playing baccarat at the Bargota.

It seems he would have gotten away with it. However, in 2014, a London casino discovered that Ivey and his accomplice were edge sorting. In addition to the two not being paid their winnings in London, the Borgata in Atlantic City took notice, reviewed their losses, and filed suit.

In recent years, the debate over whether NCAA athletes should receive compensation for playing sports has gotten hot. Although it is recognized that college sports, especially football and basketball, generate massive piles of money for colleges across the country, paying student athletes is often regarded as taboo.

This week, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the lower court denying student athletes minimum wage under the FLSA, and denying that student athletes are even employees. The former student athletes that filed suit claimed that their participation was nearly indistinguishable from a full time job. The courts were not convinced.

Swimmer Ryan Lochte may just be a fish both in and out of water. He is currently facing criminal charges in a Brazilian court as a result of lying to the police while in the country for the Summer Games. He was offered a plea deal that would have ended the whole fiasco with merely a fine, but, for some inexplicable reason, he rejected the offer. He potential faces some time in a Brazilian jail.

The Olympian falsely claimed that he and three fellow swimmers were robbed at a gas station while returning home from a night of clubbing. However, his tale of woe was quickly discovered to be a tale of lies. Just like in the USA, lying to police in Brazil is a crime. After Lochte lied to the police, it was learned that Lochte and his swimming buds had actually urinated on the gas station and broken the bathroom door.

The two largest (and for all intents and purposes only) players in the daily fantasy game have agreed to a blockbuster merger. DraftKings and FanDuel announced the plan to unite on Friday, and don't expect the deal to close until the summer of 2017.

While both companies were quick to assure users that the impending merger would not immediate affect their daily fantasy experience, others aren't so quick to assume it's a done deal. Here's a look at the proposed merger and some possible legal issues both companies may face.

Despite everyone knowing that the super-machismo wrestling that gets aired on prime-time TV to delight pre-teen boys is scripted, the athletes, wrestlers, performers, or what-ever-you-want-to-call-them, suffer real injuries. Even with the matches being scripted, the wrestlers still make contact, hit each other, throw each other around, and face real life risks of permanent injury.

This year, the WWE is facing a lawsuit from over 50 former wrestlers claiming that the organization knew about the dangers of repeated head injuries and did nothing to warn or help their performers. Most recently, Ashley Massaro, one of the "WWE Divas" has joined the lawsuit.