Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the UFC and WEC, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against MMA agent Ken Pavia in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada for allegedly passing along Octagon trade secrets and confidential Zuffa documents to Bellator Fighting Championships, an upstart mixed martial arts rival.
According to the report, Bellator is a co-defendant in the suit because company founder Bjorn Rebney used the top secret files supplied by Pavia and his company, MMA Agents, as a blueprint for their business model. The email addresses included in Zuffa’s claim are those of Rebney and Pavia.
The story goes, Pavia – who reps roughly 50 MMA fighters, with more than 80 percent of them having been or are currently signed under the Zuffa umbrella – delivered confidential contracts, including fighter agreements, to Bellator after being asked to do so in a July 4th email.
The alleged Independence Day email, which Zuffa’s lawsuit claims Rebney sent to Pavia, was attached as an exhibit to the 16-page suit. Rebney supposedly 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…
“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.”
To which Pavia apparently replied, “Still I (sic) vegas. May take 24 hours to organize as some forms go to the guys in my office.”
Pavia was attending UFC 116 on July 3rd in Las Vegas.
According the report, Zuffa seeks actual and punitive damages and a permanent injunction barring Bellator or Pavia from using Zuffa’s assets, including its intellectual property.