Despite her tweeted denials that she's not one of the "personal problems" that are pushing UFC champ Georges St-Pierre to want to take some time away from the sport, details of the massive lawsuits between St-Pierre and his ex-manager Shari Spencer sure sound like a headache anyone would want to escape.
Learn more about GSP's relationship with Spencer in Brian D'Souza's Pound for Pound: Modern Gladiators of Mixed Martial Arts.
Damon Martin has the scoop:
Shari Spencer, St-Pierre's former manager, has twice levied lawsuits against the fighter and his new representation after their falling out a few years ago. The first lawsuit, which was eventually voluntarily dismissed, pitted Spencer against St-Pierre's current manager Rodolphe Beaulieu, as well as trainers John Danaher and Firas Zahabi and a fourth man named Phillippe Lepage for intentional misconduct regarding interference with contract rights.
The second lawsuit filed by Spencer in Clark County, Nevada sued for losses she sustained after her partnership with St-Pierre was dissolved. Spencer was with St-Pierre when he signed many of his largest endorsement deals to date including Gatorade, Under Armour and Mission Skincare. In the motion filed, Spencer went after her former client for proceeds she was entitled to as his manager during the time when those deals were done.
According to additional court documents revealed by TMZ on Tuesday, St-Pierre lost in civil court and was forced to cut a check to Spencer for $737,066.35, which he paid earlier this year.
In addition to that lump sum that St-Pierre paid, he's also on the line for several other notable payouts to Spencer including:
20-percent of future revenue on various UFC pay-per-view fights
20-percent of royalties earned under a 2008 UFC merchandising contract
5-percent of future revenues from sponsorships she apparently helped him earn including Affliction and RUSHfit, St-Pierre's signature workout line.
Scans of the lawsuits are below.
Yeah if GSP has 99 problems bigger than this, I am not sure I want to know about it.
St-Pierre just defended his title against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, taking a very controversial split decision in a fight that most observers felt he lost even if the round-by-round scoring was very close. The UFC and apparently Shari Spencer are both eager for a quick rematch although a knee injury suffered by Hendricks could delay the fight even if GSP decides he doesn't really need to take time off.
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