(The post-it note heard round the sports world. Or not.)
After being cleared of wrongdoing over the whole “Brandon Vera contract dispute” issue that resulted in Vera sitting on the sidelines for nearly a year, Vera’s management Mark Dion released a big “Suck my balls” press release detailing everything surrounding the deal and why it was Vera who was a liar and the UFC who sowed the seeds of malcontent. Now he’s taking it one step further with another lawsuit:
However, MMAPayout.com has learned that Dion filed suited against Vera and his new management team in civil court in California on May 1.
The complaint closely follows the contours of the arbitration proceedings, except for the inclusion of Zuffa, White, and Silva for allegedly interfering with Dion’s management contract with Vera. Specifically the complaint alleges that Zuffa and its officials encouraged Vera to breach his contract with Dion and provided him with confidential emails to use in that effort.
It’s no surprise to me that the UFC resorted to the ol’ divide and conquer method to push this through. If they couldn’t get Vera through Dion, then why not whisper shit into Vera’s ear? It’s not exactly the most morally upstanding move in the book, but as far as I know it’s still legal. But then again don’t trust me when I say that … I’m not a lawyer and probably never will be one since I showed up to my bar exam naked and on shrooms. I’m not very good under stress.