According to Fighters Only magazine, boxing legend Roy Jones Jr., through his promotional company Square Ring, has moved to sue UFC fighter Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Zuffa LLC, the company behind the UFC. Jones is claiming that the UFC and Nelson conspired to default on Nelson’s existing contract with Square Ring.
“Big Country” competed on a March 2009 boxing/MMA fight card promoted by Square Ring entited March Badness and Square Ring is alleging that there was a “match clause” included in the contract that Nelson signed to appear on said card. A “match clause” grants a promotional company a time frame within which the company can match any offers made to a certain fighter by a rival promotion in order to retain his/her services. Nelson, who appeared on season ten of The Ultimate Fighter, signed with the UFC in 2009 and allegedly violated his Square Ring contract in doing so.
Zuffa LLC is coming under fire for allegedly clandestinely recruiting Nelson while fully aware of his existing contract with Square Ring. The suit specifically points to former Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and current Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the UFC Marc Ratner as being the person who knowingly sought to interfere with Nelson’s Square Ring contract. Square Ring is reportedly asking for around $10,000 in damages to be paid by both Roy Nelson and Zuffa LLC.