Remember when Ken Shamrock sued the UFC back in 2008 for not giving him the second fight on his contract after he retired? If not, here’s a quick refresher.
In a lawsuit filed last Tuesday in Nevada, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” claims he made a two-fight deal with the UFC that would allow him a second fight after finishing his trilogy with Tito Ortiz at UFC: The Final Chapter back in October of 2006.
Shamrock had the option of not fighting for a second time if he chose to retire after his final bout with Ortiz (which he did). Then in June of 2007 Shamrock had a change of heart and tried to return to the Octagon for his second fight but the UFC had already moved on, accepting Shamrock’s October retirement as the end of their relationship.
Unfortunately for Shamrock, the UFC didn’t see it the same way with him as they did with Randy Couture when he “resigned” or “retired” as the UFC labeled it, but I guess that’s besides the point. Unlike Randy, Ken wanted that last fight on his contract and the UFC wouldn’t give it to him, so instead of calling it a day, he decided to sue them for the compensation he would have received for it.
Well, nearly two years later the verdict is in, and not only did Shamrock lose, just to rub salt in the wound, the UFC wants everyone to know he’ll be required to reimburse them for all their legal fees and expenses.
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Zuffa, LLC, doing business as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (“UFC®”), was awarded a legal victory today against former champion, Ken Shamrock. Shamrock, who claimed Zuffa had violated certain contractual provisions of his final fight agreement, was demanding several hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation he claimed was due and owing from the UFC. Following a trial before the Honorable Susan H. Johnson, the Court entered a sixteen page written decision concluding that Ken Shamrock was to “take nothing by way of its Complaint filed April 15, 2008, and judgment is rendered in favor of Zuffa, LLC dba the Ultimate Fighting Championship.” Specifically, Judge Johnson ruled that Zuffa (1) did not breach the contract; (2) that the contract should be interpreted in manner advocated by Zuffa; and (3) that, in any event, Shamrock and his attorney/agent Rod Donohoo waived any purported breach by Zuffa.
“The UFC has a clear and unambiguous attorney fee clause in all of its contracts with fighters to the effect, that in the event a fighter loses any contractual challenge in court, that fighter will be responsible for paying our fees. Accordingly, we will be filing a motion to seek recovery of all of our expenses and fees which were occasioned by this lawsuit.”
Ouch, talk about adding insult to injury…to one of your own hall of fame members no less.
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