Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the UFC and WEC, has sued prominent MMA agent Ken Pavia and rival promotion Bellator, alleging that Pavia shared Zuffa’s trade secrets and confidential documents to help Bellator run its business, Yahoo Sports Kevin Iole reports:
According to the suit, filed Wednesday in Clark County District Court, Pavia delivered confidential contracts, including fighter agreements, to Bellator after being asked to do so in a July 4 email to him from Bellator founder Bjorn Rebney.
An email which Zuffa’s lawsuit alleges is from Rebney to Pavia on July 4 was attached as an exhibit to the 16-page suit. In it, Rebney writes, ” … You’ve been great about sending us ‘All’ of the seminal docs from the UFC, so that we can re-do them and implement them for Bellator.”
Later, the email Zuffa alleges to have been written by Rebney continues, “Please list each in terms of what it is for and how the UFC uses them/implements them. … Then I’m going to have our team Monday re-type them and we will sufficiently alter them such that they will appear to be ours and not theirs.”
Pavia and Bellator declined to comment on the case, in which Zuffa is seeking damages as well as an injunction to prevent them from using the assets.