Posted April 4, 2014 by Paul W in News

Rousey vs Fight Tribe Management ruling

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has ruled on the contract depute between UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Fight Tribe Management.

The agreement is hereby found to be invalid and unenforceable as it relates to Rousey’s professional fighting services and Harvey’s professional fighting management services, only; the Commission makes no findings as to the other parts of the agreement that are not directly relating to MMA fighting and defers these matters to the California Superior Court.

In an email to Sherdog Alexander Polyachenko of Bash and Polyachenko, P.C., commented

Of course we are pleased with the decision. Ronda regrets that things went down this road, but she truly felt that she had no choice based on the events of the past year. While the decision by the commission to invalidate the contract was based on FTM/Harvey’s failure to comply with CSAC Rules, the original reasons that she sought to distance herself from Darin were discussed in some detail in the arbitration. We agree with the arbitrator’s decision to keep those details out of the opinion and to focus on the law.

With most fighters, this would be the end of the story. However, because of Ronda’s unprecedented popularity outside the cage, certain provisions in the contract relating to non-fight earnings are of unusual importance. Going forward, we feel strongly that since Darin is no longer going to be her manager, the entire purported agreement should be deemed invalid, since the overall purpose of the contract has been frustrated. However, since such a ruling would be beyond the scope of the CSAC arbitration, we anticipate having to establish that in private arbitration and Superior Court.


Paul W