The last we heard from Ken Pavia, he was being sued alongside Bellator by the UFC for ‘theft of trade secrets’ – basically he sent Bellator some documents that the UFC considers its property, and you know Zuffa was waiting for an opportunity to share it’s legal love with the latest promotion on the block. So what’s happening with all that? Is Ken on the Zuffa shitlist? Via CagePotato:
As far as the legal battle he is going through with Zuffa, Pavia is confident that the suit, which was spurred on by an ex-employee who he says fabricated much of the story as revenge for being let go by the company, will be resolved and his name will be cleared. He says he is dealing daily with the irreparable damage to his reputation that the allegations against him has done, including clients that have severed ties as a result, but he says that one of his longtime and favorite clients has helped him see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“Phil Baroni always puts things into perspective and I don’t think people give him enough credit for how smart he is. He told me that there are two types of people in the world, there are fighters and there are those who roll over and let people walk all over them. He said, ‘You’re a fighter and that’s why you’re my agent.’ Based on my personality, I draw the ire of people and based on my standing in the sport – because I have a lot of guys in the UFC – I have a target on my back from the competition,” Pavia explains. “I don’t fly under the radar; that’s not my style. As a result I think that I’ve taken a lot of shots.”
Although he feels that the outcome of the lawsuit, if it ever actually makes it to trial, will resolve in his favor, Pavia understands the UFC’s point of view on being protective of their brand and says that lines of communication with the promotion remain open. He says that contrary to popular belief, the situation has not affected any of his clients under contract with Zuffa and that they are in contact with his office on an almost daily basis. He remains tight-lipped on the details of the lawsuit as he has from day one, but what Pavia would say is that what actually went down and what is being alleged happened are distinctly disparate.
It’s just good news for Ken and Anthony Johnson / Dennis Hallman / John Hathaway / Martin Kampmann / Mike Pierce / Ben Saunders / Phil Baroni / Karlos Vemola that the UFC didn’t just sever ties with the entire agency the same way they tried with AKA over video game right. This isn’t the first time that the Pav has pissed off UFC brass – he was also the ‘coward faggot’ anonymous source in Dana White’s famous Loretta Hunt rant.