The UFC's biggest star is grappling with a tougher opponent than usual. UFC women's Bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey is in a legal battle with Fight Tribe Management, trying to extricate herself from a deal she no longer feels is in her best interest. They appeared before Andy Foster of the California State Athletic Commission yesterday and a ruling is expected next week. Rousey was represented by Attorney Steven Bash.
MMA Junkie reported:
On March 7 Fight Tribe filed a request for arbitration in Los Angeles Superior Court, asking a neutral party to decide whether Rousey is legally bound to a representation agreement it signed with the fighter. In California, contractual disputes between managers and fighters are subject to the state's business and professions laws, and the CSAC has the power to adjudicate disputes.
"The fact is, that the representation agreement is voidable and null and not legally enforceable," Bash said. "Once we get a determination, then we'll go from there, but that's really what the issue is."
Foster, aided by two California deputy attorney generals, will receive briefs on the case from Rousey and Fight Tribe's legal reps, and witnesses will be called. The meeting is not to exceed four hours. Foster will then weigh the evidence and make a decision that's legally binding.
However, a source close to Fight Tribe said CSAC's decision is limited in its jurisdiction, or where it was enforceable in court. The source requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Bloody Elbow will keep you updated as this story develops.