According to several reports, Bellator Fighting Championships has filed a lawsuit against Zuffa, LLC, the head company of the UFC and WEC. Oddly enough, this suit comes just after two weeks that Zuffa took legal action against Bellator for supposedly using confidential UFC documents and ‘trade secrets’ to try and up their business.
MMAJunkie was the first to report that TUF 12 cast member Jonathan Brookins, joined the series while still under an exclusive contract with Bellator.
Mickey Dubberley, Brookins’ manager, as well as the fighter himself, were both named as defendants in the lawsuit.
Bellator is claiming that neither Brookins or Dubberley asked for permission from the company to appear on TUF 12. Not only was the lightweight tournament not mentioned, the lawsuit also states that Dubberley lied to Bellator about Brookins’ health.
“We’ve been offering [Brookins] fights, and hindsight being 20-20, we were lied to by his management saying he was injured and couldn’t accept fights,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “We find out afterward he was filming and fighting on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’– that he made the show and was in the house.”
Dubberly claimed he had no idea about the lawsuit when MMAJunkie.com contacted him, but made sure to press that Brookins didn’t do anything wrong and claims that he was given a ‘verbal release’ by Bellator’s matchmaker Sam Caplan.
Bjorn Rebney calls shenanigans;
“That is a complete and total fabrication that couldn’t be further from the truth,” he said. “Sam has been repeatedly trying to get Jonathan to accept fights. We’ve been told he was injured. We were lied to.