Most people know that Zuffa the parent company of the UFC has been on a suing streak lately. (UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, DSE (PRIDE), and threatening various websites for using UFC in there name)
In a recent article by Sam Caplan over at CBSsports, Caplan enlightened many of us to a long standing suit the UFC has with former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock.
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Shamrock has made it clear he doesn’t approve how the UFC does business. It’s also little known that the UFC has been suing Shamrock for years over a variety of issues, the most notable being that Shamrock uses footage of himself from when he was in the UFC. According to Shamrock, he has legal rights to 30-second clips of some of his fights because they were signed over to him by Bob Meyrowitz before Zuffa obtained ownership of the UFC. Zuffa doesn’t seem to care about the legal documents that Shamrock claims he has and is suing him anyway.
Shamrock is believed to be losing thousands of dollars in legal bills each month in this legal dispute. In talking to him in the past, he’s also not allowed to fight in Nevada. The belief is that the UFC is trying to bleed Shamrock dry in order to force him to come to a settlement with them and fight once more for the UFC. The thing is, while the UFC is burning a hole in Shamrock’s wallet, he’s still making a very healthy living on his own.
Frank Shamrock is set to take on Cung Le at the co-promoted Strikeforce-EliteXC event on March 29 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.