Bellator sues UFC, alleges "tortious interference of contract"

by John Morgan | source: has learned that Bellator Sport Worldwide, LLC today filed suit against Zuffa in a New Jersey court and alleges that "The Ultimate Fighter 12" cast member Jonathan Brookins joined the Spike TV reality series while still under an exclusive contract for Bellator.

Brookins and his manager Mickey Dubberley were also named as defendants in the suit.

A WEC veteran, Brookins is perhaps best known for a November 2008 loss to Jose Aldo, the current WEC featherweight champion. According to the suit, Brookins signed an "exclusive promotional contract" with Bellator in March 2009.

Brookins debuted with Bellator in April 2009 with a submission win over Stephen Ledbetter in a non-tournament affair. Brookins followed up those fights with a pair of wins under the G-Force Fights banner. Bellator's suit contends they signed off on each of the two fights outside of their promotion.

However, Bellator contends when it came to an appearance on "The Ultimate Fighter," Brookins did not seek permission. In fact, the complaint states that Brookins manager actually lied to Bellator about his client's status." target="_blank">read entire article...


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nofatchicks site profile image  

8/11/10 5:00 PM by nofatchicks

Man, Bellator must really want what's his name.

mmaguru007 site profile image  

8/11/10 4:57 PM by mmaguru007

if you read up on the story that isnt the only fighter that was released without documentation, and I am sure there are more fighters also released without documents from Bellator. Seems like with Herman, Huerta, Brookins fighters are catching wind how Bellator just doesnt know how to run a show or business. That is evident also by trying to copy the UFC documents. There show is a joke they will be gone soon. RIP BELLATOR

Mister Saigon site profile image  

8/11/10 4:04 PM by Mister Saigon

RIP Bellator

sside maurice site profile image  

8/11/10 4:01 PM by sside maurice

An "oral release" to a written contract? That seems unlikely. The contract probably specifies that the release must be in writing.

BONEDintheJanitorsCloset site profile image  

8/11/10 3:26 PM by BONEDintheJanitorsCloset

good for them I hope they win

mmaguru007 site profile image  

8/11/10 3:12 PM by mmaguru007

Bellator new name - BellyUP Fighting Chumpionship

caliphornia site profile image  

8/11/10 2:45 PM by caliphornia

and another one bites the dust

madmav site profile image  

8/11/10 2:40 PM by madmav

 what happened to the bellator that was just putting on decent cards with sum great fights.. getting into dueling lawsuits with the ufc can't be good for their long term growth

epwar site profile image  

8/11/10 2:28 PM by epwar

More from Iole and it basically comes down to a he said/he said argument over the conversation between Brookins manager and Sam Caplan. Seeing as the guy's other client who he says was let go at the same time as Brookins has worked 5 other times, me thinks Bellator is in the wrong and pulling this move for spite.;_ylt=AgvQcL8XKg6F8h9eWRivINo9Eo14?slug=ki-bellatorsuit081010