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Shamrock mentions possible lawsuit against UFC

Damon Martin of writes that UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock continues to hint at a lawsuit against Zuffa:

 “The fact is, we have a lawsuit going on right now,” Shamrock stated in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “They released me from my contract. I had one fight left. Now, we’re going to go after them for the damages and that’s why I couldn’t fight. I couldn’t fight because I was holding up to my end of the bargain with them. Then they turn around and didn’t hold up to their end of the bargain because they released me from my contract illegally, they breeched my contract, I am now open and ready to fight.” 

I’m not sure Shamrock has much of a case. While I have never seen an actual UFC fighter contract, I have spoken to managers and fighters off the record who have conveyed many details that pertain to a standard UFC deal.

One of thing that has been relayed is that in most UFC contracts the promotion demands exclusivity from its fighters (a fighter usually needs written permission to compete outside a UFC contract) yet retains the right to “accelerate” (a nice word for terminate) at any time for any reason.

While I’ve heard that there are a couple of fighters that have guaranteed contracts, there are many top names within the UFC that do not have a guarantee that the number of fights they originally signed for will be honored. While it’s possible that Shamrock has a guarantee in his contract, it’s highly unlikely.


  • Sam Cupitt says:

    I’d assume the Frank and Ken fight wouldnt have any weight classes because if Ken tried cutting to 185 i think he’d die. He’s already hurting himself making 205.

    So he goes from losing to tito, retiring, not getting offered the bisping fight and then potentially suing the UFC?

  • mike wolfe says:

    Hope he’s better prepared for the courtroom than he was in his last fight in the Octagon. Kind of embarrassing to get your a** kicked in every arena.

  • dizzle says:

    I’m actually glad that he is persuing this lawsuit against ZUFFA. I think that they need to understand that these contracts can really hurt a fighter because they aren’t ale to put food on the table because they are stuck inbetween and rock and a hard place.

  • bubbafat says:

    Ken Shamrock is not stuck btween any rock or hard place buddy, and he’s not doing this for the little guy or to expose Zuffa in any way. He’s doing this for more money, and because he’s a moron and doesn’t realize Zuffa holds the ace in THEIR hands as far as choosing to give him a fight or not.
    He was given, not 1 but 2, undeserved paydays with Ortiz. The fact is he is simply no longer a world class fighter, and doesn’t belong there. Not to say he doesn’t deserve respect(he’s a legend), but just ’cause “The Natural” did it doesn’t mean that Shamrock deserves it.

  • dizzle says:

    agree to disagree


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