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Ken Shamrock suffers defeat in court battle with Zuffa, LLC

Zuffa, LLC came out on top of a recent court case between the company which owns the UFC, and Ken Shamrock.

Shamrock apparently claimed that certain contractual provisions of his final agreement had been violated; The court, however, disagreed.

Below is the official statement released by the UFC:

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 was again represented by their trial counsel Donald J. Campbell and J. Colby Williams of the Las Vegas firm Campbell & Williams. Asked for a comment, Messrs. Campbell and Williams responded as follows:

“Zuffa has issued a clear directive that we are to pursue every legal remedy to ensure that the UFC’s contracts are scrupulously honored and defended. The resulting judgment in this case is just one more example of the UFC’s resolve to vigorously vindicate its contractual rights in the courts.”

When asked if further proceedings would be likely in this case, Messrs. Campbell and Williams remarked in the affirmative.

“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.”

14 COMMENTS
  • Xspur says:

    I’ll take a foot long on wheat, thanks Ken.

  • Jak says:

    UFC has high paid lawyers who are used to dealing with the Las Vegas justice system. Good gawd i would not want to bet against them. The sh*t they’ve probably seen and litigated!

  • OMNIpotus says:

    Forgive me, but it’s kind of a dick move that not only does the UFC win, but they’re also going to charge Ken for their time. I guess it’s not enough that they were right about his contract, but they’re also going to use every clause in his contract to get what they’re owed. I might have just let it be, especially knowing the Shamrocks and the recent death of Ken’s father… but that’s just me.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Guess that sends a mesage to the fighters hey you can sue us but if your wrong your going to pay!
    So you better be sure your going to have a legitiment claim…

    It’s like in the NFL when a coach wants to challenge a call- if he’s wrong he’s charged a time out.

    Ken should offer to do a free autograph signing at every PPV for the next year or so instead of paying up… after all he is a HOF ‘er and I’m sure ppl still would like to meet him, but I doubt either party wants anything to do with each other at this point.

  • Kuch says:

    I have no idea how this ever went to court. Shamrock signed his contract, so he had to know what it said. Any lawyer that knew anything about contract law should have advised him against pursuing this in court. Now that he’s lost he has to reimburse the UFC for their time, which will probably amount to a couple grand.

    Maybe the contract used a bunch of legal jargon that was tough to decipher, but Ken’s been in the game long enough to know how things work. I wonder if this was just another attempt by him to stay in the news.

  • Guthookd says:

    Kuch: A couple grand? No bro…..try like $50K for those lawyers…at least.

  • Didn’t this lawsuit stem from Shamrock claiming the UFC still owed him a fight after they released him?

    Shamrock is a pioneer and a legend but he’s doing nothing but tarnishing his legacy right now and it pains me to see it. He’s only won four fights since his comeback and one of those came after pissing hot.

    I hope he hangs it up soon but still finds a way to contribute to MMA.

  • Bad Monkey says:

    The picture of Shamrock on the lead page is perfect! Like he’s saying, ‘That damn Dana White!! He done it to me again!!!’

    Haha.

  • Angry Mike says:

    The fee request from Zuffa’s lawyers is going to be six figures, and possibly multiple six figures. When they file the request it’ll be a matter of public record, so anybody can find out how much they’re asking for. The trial court has the discretion to write it down, but if Ken’s claim was silly, the judge might not discount the fees, or discount them only a little.

  • Rece Rock says:

    so in conclusion Shamrock went into this seeking monatary damages and probably lost potential wages and is comin out of this in more debt than he probably could imagine… Super.

    Ken “FML” Shamrock

  • dpk says:

    This is Zuffa saying we will honor the contract that you sign with us. If we are wrong you can take us to court, but don’t try and waste our time or we will take your money.

  • STM199 says:

    Did anyone else see the fight where Shamrock took on this gigantic fat guy with corn rows and a goatee? It was a low budget event held in a school gym. Shamrock submitted the guy in the first round but failed a post fight drug test. Here is the kicker. Shamrocks promotional company co-promoted the event Haaaa!

  • Angry Mike says:

    Really sad if true.

  • Dufresne says:

    OMNIpotus: Forgive me, but it’s kind of a dick move that not only does the UFC win, but they’re also going to charge Ken for their time.I guess it’s not enough that they were right about his contract, but they’re also going to use every clause in his contract to get what they’re owed.I might have just let it be, especially knowing the Shamrocks and the recent death of Ken’s father… but that’s just me.  

    You may think I’m a dick too the, because I would have done the exact same thing. Those lawyers are paid pretty good money and if someone causes you to have to use them for no reason, I would want their wages back as well. If they didn’t ask for any compensation they’d basically be telling everyone else that it’s alright to waste Zuffa’s time and money on frivolous lawsuits and that could lead to a flood of pointless, expensive lawsuits.

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