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MMA Agents Unite to Block Pro Elite Contract Auction

Ken Pavia MMA agents
(You do not want to mess with this man. Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle via myspace.com/kenpavia.)

Led by the always-outspoken Ken Pavia, a group of high-profile MMA agents have joined forces to block their fighters from being sold to the highest bidder during Showtime’s planned auction of Pro Elite’s corporate assets on November 17th. From a new press release drafted by the Pav, and signed by Monte Cox, Ed Soares, and Cesar Gracie, among others:

Individually we consummated promotional agreements with Pro Elite. These agreements were made based on a multiplicity of factors including but not limited to relationships with certain Pro Elite personnel, venues, television exposure, jurisdictional concerns, public relations support, and numerous other intangibles. These considerations are not readily transferable…

We intend to fight the lawful ability to transfer these assets, and as we believe these are personal services contracts, we do not believe there is an obligation to perform if transferred. With pooled resources we are prepared to fight this issue.

The unity of this effort is unprecedented and the message that is being sent is clear. Absent significant pre-established negotiated terms, do not bid on these contracts unless you are prepared to fight the challenge to their legality. It is our intention to honor our commitment to Pro Elite, but if Pro Elite is not able to perform in accordance with the contractual terms, the fighters should be granted unrestricted free agency with the unfettered ability to enter the marketplace.

It’s good to see business rivals uniting for the rights of their fighters, especially when they haven’t always been civil towards each other in the past. Hopefully Showtime will get the message that some of these “assets” they plan on auctioning actually represent the livelihoods of human beings.

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Steve W.- November 10, 2008 at 4:21 pm
Conspicuous by his absence is the one and only "Icy" Mike.
JTho- November 9, 2008 at 8:15 pm
Legally speaking, he's probably right--assuming the contract doesn't specifically articulate that they are transferable.

If the contracts are silent on the issue I can't imagine a judge enforcing them for another organization.
Imbecile- November 9, 2008 at 7:48 pm
The great thing about this situation is the ProElite/EliteXC is such a sleazy company that they are actually making *sports agents,* of all people, look like the stand-up gentlemen in all of this.
Koeikan- November 9, 2008 at 6:29 pm
He looks like a Patton Oswalt gone douchebag.
UFC fan- November 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm
"Is THIS true? Yes...yes Your honor, it is true.........Tuf guy has no penis!'
norremo- November 9, 2008 at 2:23 pm
I hate "the Pav" go and read his posts on MMAJUNKIE and you will all agree with me as well.
Greg- November 9, 2008 at 1:30 pm
GHOSTBUSTERS!! Love it.
mayhem420- November 9, 2008 at 12:18 pm
Whats next?
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
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