by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Zuffa LLC, parent company of the UFC, recently levied a lawsuit against Bellator Fighting Championships and MMA agent Ken Pavia.
The lawsuit alleges that Pavia passed along trade secrets and confidential documents to Bellator, and that Bellator used the information received to help run its business.
Speaking to Yahoo.com’s Kevin Iole, Bellator attorney Patrick English downplayed the severity of the situation.
“I’ve looked at the paperwork, and I understand what’s going on here, and it is literally much ado about very little,” said English.
While he couldn’t say much about the subject, UFC president Dana White is not taking the lawsuit lightly despite was Bellator’s legal counsel might think.
“This is a really serious lawsuit for me against these guys, really serious,” White stated recently. “So I don’t really want to talk too much about it.”
One big question that’s been raised separately from the lawsuit is the status of Pavia’s group of fighters currently involved in the UFC. Todd Brown, who was a late replacement to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 117 this weekend, is a fighter represented by Pavia, as is popular welterweight Chris Lytle.
“His fighters are under contract,” said White, indicating that the lawsuit would not affect their status.
The UFC president has never been silent when it came to speaking about dealing with certain agents or managers in the world of MMA, and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be sending Pavia a Christmas card this year.
“I’m not, and never have been a fan,” White responded about Pavia. “Bad guy.”
The outcome of the lawsuit remains to be seen, if it makes it to court or if there is a settlement reached, especially now that Bellator has filed a lawsuit of its own. Bellator alleges that the UFC interfered with a contract it had with Jonathan Brookins. The suit also includes Brookins and his management as defendants.
Regardless of how it all plays out, one thing is for sure, the UFC has proven in the past that it takes legal actions very seriously, and they don’t back down.