Shamrock Files Suit Against Zuffa


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Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Fame member Ken Shamrock has filed a lawsuit against the parent company of his former employer, Zuffa LLC, alleging a breach of contract concerning the two-fight deal Shamrock signed in the summer of 2006.

Despite announcing his retirement from mixed martial arts immediately following his third and final loss to former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz in October of 2006, Shamrock later told the UFC that he was interested in completing the final bout on his deal, only to be told that he had been cut from his contract.

“The UFC breached my contract,” Shamrock said in a October 2007 interview with our friends at MMA Junkie. “I had one fight left on my contract, and they just told my agent and my attorney that they were terminating by contact for no reason, saying that my quality, my level of fighting can’t compete in the UFC.”

While Shamrock claims of having one-fight left on his deal with the UFC are legitimate, it’s also widely known that Zuffa reserves the right to release a fighter from a contract if they are unsatisfied with his performance.

After learning of his release from the UFC, Shamrock, along with his son Ryan, signed a multi-fight deal with Pro Elite. Shamrock was knocked out by Robert Berry last month in a heavyweight bout at Cage Rage 25: Bring It On.

The suit, which was filed on April 15th in Las Vegas, is seeking damages of up to $10,000 as well as any court costs.

HT: MMA Junkie

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