Tonight on The Joe Show we were joined by MMA Agents fighter Mike Pierce. When asked about the criticism of MMA Agents by MMA fans online and if it was warranted given that he had just inked a new deal with the UFC, Mike dropped a bomb on us.
Very recently, MMA Agents was acquired by Paradigm Sports Management. Paradigm will take over the handling of the fighters signed with Pavia's company and Pavia will stay on board handling client relations.
The portion of our interview with Pierce that dealt with this subject can be listened to in the video below.
What this means for the ongoing lawsuit involving MMA Agents and the UFC is yet to be known. Be sure to check out the site as the story develops.
Information regarding the lawsuit was originally reported by Kevin Iole. Bloodyelbow.com gave the synopsis of Iole's report below.
Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting, has filed suit against Ken Pavia, one of the sport’s most prominent fighter agents, alleging Pavia passed along trade secrets and confidential Zuffa documents to rival mixed martial arts promotion Bellator.
An email which Zuffa’s lawsuit alleges is from Rebney to Pavia on July 4 was attached as an exhibit to the 16-page suit. In it, Rebney writes, " … You’ve been great about sending us ‘All’ of the seminal docs from the UFC, so that we can re-do them and implement them for Bellator."
Later, the email Zuffa alleges to have been written by Rebney continues, "Please list each in terms of what it is for and how the UFC uses them/implements them. … Then I’m going to have our team Monday re-type them and we will sufficiently alter them such that they will appear to be ours and not theirs."
The response that is purported to have come from Pavia is brief and says, in its entirety, "Still I (sic) vegas. May take 24 hours to organize as some forms go to the guys in my office."
This will mark a first for Paradigm as they have yet to deal with mixed martial arts but they are very familiar with managing athletes. Previously, Paradigm has managed athletes in both the NFL and the MLB.
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