Bellator sues Desert Rage


Bellator-sues-desert-rage-full-contact-fighting/">MMA Fighting reports that Bellator has filed a lawsuit against Arizona promotion Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting (“Desert Rage”) claiming the local Arizona promotion interfered with its upcoming show October 22nd in Yuma, Arizona.

The lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Illinois (where Bellator’s principal place of business is located) states that Chance Farrar was paid to assist with Bellator’s April card in Yuma, Arizona. The Complaint filed by Bellator claims Farrar was given access to Bellator fight contracts as well as pertinent information related to negotiating with fighters. It also claims Farrar knew the terms of fighter contracts and knew the length and conditions of the contracts.

The Complaint goes on to allege that Bellator did not enlist Desert Rage to secure fighters for its upcoming event October 22nd in Yuma, Arizona. It began the process of finding fighters in August 2011. Bellator discovered that Desert Rage would be holding an event that same night in Winterhaven, California–9 miles from the site in Yuma where Bellator would hold Bellator 55. It also learned that the local promotion offered more money to fighters under contract with Bellator. A cease and desist letter (attached to the Complaint as Exhibit A) was sent to Desert Rage requesting that it not contact fighters under Bellator contract. In addition, Bellator claims that Desert Rage officials told fighters and others in the MMA industry that Bellator had cancelled its event on October 22nd. As a result of these claims, Bellator believes that ticket sales would be impacted.

Bellator has sued Desert Rage and Chance Farrar for 1) Intentional Interference with Contractual Relations; 2) Interference with Prospective Advantage; 3) Negligent Interference with Prospective Advantage; 4) Deceptive Practices under Illinois state law. and 5) Common Law Unfair Competition.

Bellator is requesting an order from the court which would stop Desert Rage from holding an event on the same night as Bellator 55 and from holding an event “within 50 miles of Yuma,” until after October 25th. It also is requesting that the court order Desert Rage and Farrar to not communicate with any fighters that are under exclusive contract of Bellator or are negotiating with Bellator. Bellator is also requesting actual damages of over $75,000, exemplary/punitive damages and attorney fees and costs.

Notes in the Complaint:
- Bellator claims its production costs for Bellator 55 exceed $500,000
- Bellator is seen on television weekly by 250,000 viewers nationwide
- Farrar admits to receiving Bellator’s cease and desist letter although he personally denied telling anyone that Bellator’s card was cancelled.

As of this writing Desert Rage and/or Chance Farrar had not filed an Answer (response) to the Complaint.

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cycklops site profile image  

10/12/11 10:42 AM by cycklops

I think that particular family member no longer has ownership iirc  

BLPorritt site profile image  

10/11/11 10:15 PM by BLPorritt

Dana put them up to it..... ;-)

AZGnP site profile image  

10/11/11 9:31 PM by AZGnP

Yeah he co owns it with that guy who is from that family. You know what I'm talking about. The family that owns every small business in Juma.

SD CARTEL site profile image  

10/11/11 9:28 PM by SD CARTEL

Chance Farrar is the man and practically the mayor of Yuma. Bellator needs to stand the fuck down or lose a viewer/s.

Hired Gun site profile image  

10/11/11 9:25 PM by Hired Gun

Awaits all the zuffa shills

cycklops site profile image  

10/11/11 9:22 PM by cycklops

So was Bellator wrong then?

Steve4192 site profile image  

10/11/11 6:59 PM by Steve4192


cycklops site profile image  

10/11/11 6:50 PM by cycklops

 Either owner or co-owner I think

Hugo13579 site profile image  

10/11/11 6:00 PM by Hugo13579


JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

10/11/11 4:48 PM by JimmersonzGlove

$500k in production costs? Jeebus, Bellator may not make 2013.