Yesterday we talked about the myriad of complaints coming from Dana White this weekend. Chief among them: Bellator’s practice of having a clause in fighter contracts that stipulates they have the right to match an offer from a competitor even if they cut the fighter.
Which, as I pointed out, is fairly common.
I’ve also heard many times in the past that this has been the case even with some fighters under Zuffa, and it appears to have been when Bellator signed “King Mo” Muhammad Lawal.
“We had to go through the exact same process with Zuffa when we signed ‘King Mo.’ Zuffa released ‘King Mo’ Lawal on March 27, 2012. They went public with their release, they put it up on their own website, on UFC.com, Dana confirmed the release of ‘King Mo’ to the media on the exact same day, and then in April, when Bellator looked to sign ‘King Mo,’ we had to submit our full contract to Zuffa. We sent it certified mail to their attorneys. Then we had to wait 14 full business days, which is typically 20-to-21 days in total, for them to decide if they were going to match or not going to match — which thankfully they didn’t, and we ended up with one of the most exciting and entertaining light heavyweights in the world — but, this is, to the letter, the exact same process.”
Nobody should really be surprised by this.