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8/10/10 2:55 PM
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MMAjunkie.com 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.

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8/10/10 2:57 PM
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Don't they know Dana can rip up a fighters contract whenever he wants.  It doesn't matter what org. they fight for.  The baldfather will tell you who you are fighting for dammit!
8/10/10 2:59 PM
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If they lied to Bellator what makes people think they didn't lie to the UFC?
8/10/10 3:09 PM
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Interesting.
8/10/10 3:12 PM
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8/10/10 3:16 PM
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 this will be interesting.
8/10/10 3:18 PM
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this
8/10/10 3:18 PM
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My threads ...

8/10/10 3:19 PM
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bellator is cashing out their chips...
8/10/10 3:20 PM
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 Damn, that's going to cost Bellator some coin.
8/10/10 3:27 PM
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awesome, so does this mean that ufc can start counter programming bellator also?
8/10/10 3:29 PM
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 At a first quick look, it seems to me that the fighter and his management were likely lying to Zuffa to get him on the show.  If they did that, I suspect Zuffa will be suing the fighter and his manager for all costs incured as well as additional damages.
8/10/10 3:31 PM
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8/10/10 3:32 PM
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 ^^^ He's gonna need a bigger shirt!!
8/10/10 3:34 PM
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Nothing good will come out of that for Bellator, and the fighter.
8/10/10 3:35 PM
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So Dana will just kick him off the show
8/10/10 3:40 PM
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MotorBoatinCountrysTitties -  ^^^ He's gonna need a bigger shirt!!

 I don't think that's a shirt it's a real tombstone
Oh shit! Good call man ... looked to me like he was grabbing his shirt and pulling it flat for the pic.
8/10/10 3:43 PM
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Fathead D -  At a first quick look, it seems to me that the fighter and his management were likely lying to Zuffa to get him on the show.  If they did that, I suspect Zuffa will be suing the fighter and his manager for all costs incured as well as additional damages.

 ^ This

Zuffa is going to do the same thing to Brookins that they did to Roy Nelson after RJJ filed suit.
8/10/10 3:43 PM
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Fathead D -  At a first quick look, it seems to me that the fighter and his management were likely lying to Zuffa to get him on the show.  If they did that, I suspect Zuffa will be suing the fighter and his manager for all costs incured as well as additional damages.

Quick. Whats 100% of $2K to fight, and 2K to win???

Seriously, if someone is trying out for TUF, chances are they live below the poverty line.

I dont think anyone gets paid regarding this issue. Well except the lawyers!
  
8/10/10 3:54 PM
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Well, if the UFC does end up having a valid case about Bellator using their intellectual property and contracts, this could end up being a non issue and just cost Bellator more than they can afford.
8/10/10 3:57 PM
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What grounds would they have if their claims he is under contract are true (which they probably aren't given their lying track record)? Aren't all TUF fights considered exhibition matches?
8/10/10 4:03 PM
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disbeliever - So Dana will just kick him off the show

That's what I was thinking. If Bellator was smart, they would've waited till the show was airing and then claim some sort of damages.
8/10/10 7:32 PM
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So once again, Bellator looks like they are full of shit and Bjorn is sue happy. Brookins manager says he and another client were verbally released by Bellator's matchmaker. Brookins has fought twice since and the other guy 5 times.

From MMAJunkie:
Mickey Dubberly, the CEO of K.O. Dynasty Sports Management has a simple message for Bellator head Bjorn Rebney: Stop lying.

Dubberly and his client, Jonathan Brookins, are among the defendants targeted alongside Zuffa, LLC in a lawsuit filed today by Bellator that claim tortious interference was at play in Brookins' recent run on "The Ultimate Fighter 12."

But Dubberly told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he and Brookins took part in no such wrongdoing and that statements Rebney today made were filled with inaccurate claims.

Rebney told MMAjunkie.com that he and matchmaker Sam Caplan had been hard at work trying to arrange bouts for Brookins, but Dubberly disagrees.

"That is a lie," Dubberly said flatly. "Jonathan hasn't fought for Bellator since April 3, 2009, so obviously Sam hasn't been trying too hard to get Jonathan fights.

"One fight in 13 months doesn't seem trying much for a fighter that you seem so fortunate to have. I got one call for Jonathan to fight from Bellator, and that was in May 2010 and on two-weeks' notice."

Bellator's lawsuit contends that Dubberly lied about his client's health in an effort to hide the fact that Brookins was competing as a contestant on the recently taped Spike TV reality series "The Ultimate Fighter 12," which is set to debut in September.

Dubberly insists that's simply not the case.

"Jonathan was injured training in Iowa in May when I received the call from Bellator," Dubberly said. "He just had stitches taken out and also had a hurt foot, so Bjorn should get his facts straight, and this can be backed up with hospital records. Bjorn should do a little more due diligence on his part before making false statements."

And it's due diligence that lies at the center of the case. Bellator claims that the UFC acted maliciously when it signed Brookins for the reality show while he was still under the terms of an exclusive promotional contract for Bellator that was implemented in March 2009.

Dubberly insists Caplan verbally informed him of Brookins' release – as well as the release of another client, Joey Gorczynski, who fought just once under the Bellator banner.

"When I asked Sam about a fight for Jonathan Brookins and Joey Gorczynski back at the end of January – and both had open contracts under Bellator – Sam stated, 'Oh, we released both those guys, but maybe in the future they could fight for us again."

While Rebney today told MMAjunkie.com that any fighter released from Bellator receives written notice, Dubberly contends that's not true, either. After all, Gorczynski has since fought eight times for a variety of organizations with nary a peep from Bellator officials.

"Joey Gorczynski, who signed a five-fight deal, never got release forms," Dubberly said. "But Sam told me that Bellator released him, and he has fought for several different organizations since he fought for Bellator.

"Joey didn't even know he was released until I told him that Bellator released him. He never received any documents, and neither has my company."

Since competing for Bellator in April 2009, Brookins has earned a pair of victories fighting for the Florida-based G-Force Fights brand without issue. Dubberly believes Bellator is simply scrambling now that Brookins was revealed as a castmember for "The Ultimate Fighter 12" and hopes to profit off of his newfound fame.

"Bellator never signed off on Jonathan's two fights outside of Bellator," Dubberly said. "That's a lie because they already released him. Jonathan was released from Bellator, so that is why they did not care that he fought two other fights outside of the organization. If Bellator 'counts themselves fortunate' to have Jonathan signed to an 'exclsuive' deal, why would they let him fight twice in another organization and keep him inactive for over a year and have their matchmaker tell me he is released?

"We believe the only reason why Bellator is pursuing anything is because Jonathan is on the 'TUF 12' show, and they want to capitalize for their own profit."
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Would this cause a fighter to think twice before signing with Bellator?
8/10/10 8:17 PM
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studiocamp - Would this cause a fighter to think twice before signing with Bellator?


Not sure about that, but it should remind managers and fighters to read their contracts, understand them, and get things involving their fight careers in writing.

For as long as their have been combat sports, there have been issues with Fighters, promoters, managers and in most cases, none of it would be possible if people read/understood their contractual obligations and rights.

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