Parties agreed to extend time for UFC, White to answer Mark Hunt lawsuit
February 6, 2017
We will have to wait until the end of the month to see the response the UFC and Dana White will provide to Mark Hunt’s lawsuit. The parties agreed to extend the time for the UFC and White to respond according to a legal filing on Friday.
According to the stipulation, the UFC and White will provide a joint response to the lawsuit filed by Hunt last month. The UFC Heavyweight sued the company, White and Brock Lesnar as it relates to his fight at UFC 200 this past July. Among the claims, filed in federal court in Nevada, breach of contract, RICO violations and negligence.
The stipulation is below. The UFC and White has until February 28, 2017 to provide a response.
The stipulation notes that White had yet to be personally served (a requisite in lawsuits), but will accept service based on his attorneys receiving the lawsuit. It also notes that the UFC and White will share one response. This means that Lesnar will need his own attorneys and has yet to respond.
The stipulation only applies to the UFC and White which means that Lesnar has until tomorrow to respond if he was personally served the lawsuit. Lesnar could seek an extension to respond as well. Note, the term “respond” as the UFC and White may file a Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit. The rules state that they can do this prior to filing an Answer. You can expect this to happen and the extension of time may provide them more time to do this. In the alternative, the extra time may mean they want to either negotiate with Hunt and/or file a response with counterclaims.