Emelianenko, M-1 Allege Breach of Contract by Affliction

November 3, 2009

MMAPayout.com has learned that Fedor Emelianenko and M-1 have brought suit against Affliction Clothing and Affliction Entertainment in Federal Court. The complaint alleges breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing as it relates to a series of agreements between Emelianenko, M-1, and Affliction.

The complaint obtained by MMAPayout.com sheds new light on the relationship between the parties. Under the terms of the agreements, Emelianenko was to receive $300,000 per bout plus travel and accommodations expenses from Affliction in addition to a “substantial” payment from M-1. In addition to its promotional agreement with Emelianenko, Affliction also entered in a consulting agreement with M-1 as well as a letter agreement concerning Affliction’s sponsorship of the M-1 Challenge.

The cancellation of Affliction: Trilogy and the circumstances surrounding it are at the heart of the allegations.  According to the complaint:

Plaintiff is informed, believes, and based thereon alleges Affliction intended to sign Brett Rogers to fight in Affliction: Trilogy and intended to go forward with the event if the UFC deal failed, but intended to cancel [the event] if the UFC deal closed.  Brett Rogers was ready, willing, and able to fight Emelianenko in [the event], but instead of honoring its promises to Emelianenko and M-1 by signing Rogers, Affliction elected to serve its own financial interests at the expense of its partners.

The complaint goes on to state that following discovery concerning the events that lead to the event’s cancellation and “determining what discussions and agreements took place between Affliction and the UFC, and when these discussions took place, Plaintiffs will amend this complaint to add additional allegations, causes of actions, and parties as supported by the facts discovered.”

Stay tuned to MMAPayout.com for further developments and more detailed analysis.

10 Responses to “Emelianenko, M-1 Allege Breach of Contract by Affliction”

  1. M-1, Fedor Emelianenko Sue Affliction Over Canceled Event | MMAFrenzy.com on November 3rd, 2009 1:34 PM

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  5. Fedor and M1 to Sue Affliction | Fightburger on November 3rd, 2009 4:54 PM

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  7. MMA Pound 4 Pound Champ » M-1 Global & Fedor Sue Affliction Among Others For Breach Of Contract on November 4th, 2009 10:32 AM

    […] MMA Payout was the first to break the story earlier today. Bloody Elbow has more. On October 28, 2009, M-1 and Fedor Emelianenko filed a lawsuit against Affliction Clothing, Affliction Entertainment, and 50 unnamed John Does in the Central District of California. The complaint states claims for breach of contract, breach of the violation of good faith and fair dealing, and declaratory relief. If they are able to join other parties, the complaint might be amended to include claims for tortuous interference with contract and related claims. […]

  8. M-1, Fedor Emelianenko Sue Affliction Over Canceled Event | The Ultimate UFC Blog on November 5th, 2009 2:47 AM

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  9. Detaljer om Fedor Emelianenkos kontrakt med Affliction | MMAnytt.se on November 13th, 2009 12:45 PM

    […] och med att M-1 Global och Fedor Emelianenko tog och stämde Affliction för kontraktsbrott, på grund av att den sista Afflictiongalan las ner helt plötsligt, så har […]

  10. Keith Rennie on March 29th, 2012 4:14 PM

    We need a breach of contract lawyer to handle our matter.

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