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UFC Trumpets Legal Victory Over…Ken Shamrock?

(Dammit Ken, this is why we begged you to get a real attorney. No matter what he says, watching every episode of ‘Judge Judy’ does not qualify Big John to give legal advice.)

If we’ve learned anything at all from receiving UFC press releases over the last few years, it’s that the world’s top MMA organization is not the most gracious of winners. Whether they beat you in a ratings battle or a game of hangman, they’re probably going to gloat about it in a press release. The latest opportunity for internet chest-thumping comes in the form of a legal victory over UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, who lost his lawsuit in a Nevada court today and now gets to have his nose rubbed in it by Zuffa’s PR staff. Because apparently laboring on far past his prime wasn’t enough of an indignity.

You may recall that Shamrock sued the UFC when they refused to give him another fight following his post-beatdown retirement after a third loss to Tito Ortiz. Shamrock thought he should be able to unretire and have the UFC honor the old contract, while the UFC thought he should go get his face smashed elsewhere. Turns out Judge Susan H. Johnson agreed with the UFC, which means Shamrock won’t be getting a fat payday after all this legal wrangling. Instead, just to make his life even worse, he may be getting a bill:

“The UFC has a clear and unambiguous attorney fee clause in all of its contracts with fighters to the effect, that in the event a fighter loses any contractual challenge in court, that fighter will be responsible for paying our fees. Accordingly, we will be filing a motion to seek recovery of all of our expenses and fees which were occasioned by this lawsuit.”

Now that’s some cold-ass shit, UFC. I realize it costs you money to fight legal claims by disgruntled former fighters. I realize that clause in the contract is partially designed to deter frivolous claims, and that it entitles you to come back on Shamrock for the price of your attorney fees. But damn.

You know what Ken’s financial situation is like these days, don’t you? Dude was trying to fight Seth Petruzelli in Mexico just recently. Mexico. No one does that if they have plenty of money in the bank. This is a guy who is in your hall of fame. He’s also a guy who has nothing much at all going for him at the moment. You, on the other hand, have millions of dollars. We’re talking Scrooge McDuck money. Couldn’t you afford to let Shammy slide on this one?

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CheckHisPee- February 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm
Why would the UFC need a clause like this when everyone knows they treat their fighters like gold? Don't they? Hmm...
xxoddus- February 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm
and thats the thing that sucks, you can't be angry with the UFC because everything is in the contract the fighters sign with them
xxoddus- February 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm
And if he won his last fight in the UFC with fights still left on his contract, retired, then wanted to come back and fight you can bet your ass on one thing. The UFC would take him to court and force him to fulfill the remainder of his contract. I would really love to read a fight contract from the UFC. They must have Satan himself writing them.
Best_Blank_Ever- February 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm
Could everyone here who is commenting on the law show their bar certificate, law degree, or at least proof that they have taken a single contracts class?

What, no hands raised?
TheFactor- February 18, 2010 at 8:00 am

Awwww Ken if only you could have all that coke and ho money back ... if only. :(
BalkanToni- February 18, 2010 at 7:03 am
If feeling sorry for Kenny is wrong, I DON'T WANNA BE RIGHT! :(
El Famous Burrito- February 18, 2010 at 6:44 am
Does anyone get the feeling that Shammy hired a lawyer off a billboard or a late night infomercial? "We don't get paid, unless YOU gt paid. The countersuit,'re on your own in that one."

Seriously, it's in the contract: IF YOU LOSE, YOU PAY OUR LEGAL BILLS.

He should've cut himself mid-hearing and withdrew.
Wrye Bash- February 18, 2010 at 5:50 am
I think Ken Shamrock is an ass, however, he is an orphan and shit, those guys are always messed up. Either way, should he have to pay their legal bills? Yes. Should Dana forgive the debt? That's at his discretion, but if I were him I wouldn't. You gotta send a message to the other fighters. They'll probably get a judgment that'll never be enforced.
My House I Build It- February 18, 2010 at 3:40 am
Judge Johnson scores the bout, forty-five fifty, declaring the winner by unanimous decision, and STILL MMA Organization Champion...

All right Dana, talk us through this replay...
Under Banga- February 18, 2010 at 3:04 am
We`re talkin bout the worlds most dangerous man here right. A little respect please!
War Kenny!
Poutine Guillotine- February 17, 2010 at 11:39 pm
People always focuss on the negatives of these situations, I emplore you to try to be a little creative to see the positives of this situation. Without money to give to the UFC, Ken will be forced to turn over his whole estate (i.e his red speedo) to Dana. Thus allowing Dana unlimited access to sniff the sacred speedo and unleash the wish encased in Ken's early 90's sweat stains by repeating the magic words "broken dreams" deep into the crotch. Suddenly Dana White will have a full head of hair and won't be such a dick to everyone all the time. What dreams may come....
mma samurai- February 17, 2010 at 10:59 pm
Surprise surprise Ken loses again. Keep your chin up buddy at least it was by decision this time and no by KO like usual
Disturbed1- February 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm
^^ Proof that War Machine is still out there
imakeutap- February 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm
Fuckin Motherfucker Swedish!!!! FUCK YOUR COUNTRY ID BLOW THAT SHIT UP IF I HAD THE MEANS!!!!!!!

this is why i stick to postin comments about mma and dont concern myself with talkin to all the jackasses on aol. now this motherfucker comes here from fuckin aol!!!!!!!!!Fuck u and your politics, if i could i would lock the tightest fuckin choke on u and squeeze until your fuckin eyes popped out and then id stomp your fuckin head in until i saw your fucking stupid ass brain, then id take a picture and send to your mom and let her know if she does that again im comin for her ass

FUCK U piece of shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

im fuckin crazy and i need my meds hahahahahahahahahaha
technoviking.- February 17, 2010 at 10:21 pm
@Viva Hate - Amazing, couldn't have said it better than myself.
BrandonTheTruth- February 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm
BrandonTheTruth- February 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm

you're an asswipe
cecils_pupils- February 17, 2010 at 8:05 pm
Sorry CP, I cannot agree with you on this one. You can't let the dude just slide, Hall of Famer or not.

BTW what happened to Comment of the Week last week? Who won?
Viva Hate- February 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm
Who is surprised, Ken has been getting his ass kicked for years now, this time it just happened to be in court.
HOT STINK- February 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm
Contract clause into a living death
iDestroy- February 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm
Hey Bens or whoever-the-hell, how does my super sweet comment about Ken being poor and pathetic count as spam, you effin jerks.
PurplePickle- February 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm
I'm willing to bet that somewhere between the 'we can cut you' and 'you can't sue us' clauses there was language that said 'if we cut you, you can't sue us'. Just a guess.

The M1 contract says 'if you sue us, we will cut you...into easily portable, individually wrapped pieces that will sink rapidly when dumped out of our yacht'.
budsellers- February 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm
in this case, that clause is unenforceable and a waste of more of the ufc's money, but that would not stop scrooge mcduck either

FedorsIceCreamDealer- February 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm
Kicking a man while he's down..thats the American way
ktfo- February 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm
coleman vs shamrock in costa rica, i can see it now