Bellator Joins UFC Legal Battle
The UFC has been at odds with a number of its former fighters, most notably Nate Quarry, Cung Lee, and World Series of Fighting welterweight (170-pound) champion, Jon Fitch. They allege that the UFC’s business practices are in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
Essentially, the suit stems from the belief that the UFC has a monopoly on the sport of MMA.
On a related note, Ron Clements of the Sporting News first wrote, “Bellator said in an affidavit that it has already “produced in excess of two thousand pages of responsive documents” pertaining to the antitrust case” but the UFC wants more. The organization is asking for copies of Bellator contracts and financial records.
President Scott Coker clarified that Bellator’s suit, that would ideally stop or modify two subpoenas ordering the release of this information, is separate from the anti-trust case. As it regards that case, Bellator is not a party. It is because of that fact that Coker wishes to hold onto the more detailed paperwork.
“Accordingly, disclosure of Bellator’s confidential information pursuant to the Nevada subpoena would give Bellator’s largest and most powerful competitor a significant and unilateral advantage that would negatively harm Bellator and, in my opinion, stifle competition in the MMA industry,” Coker said by way of an official statement.
The case is ongoing. Read the full legal statement here. InsideSTL will have more information as it becomes available.