Damon Martin of MMAWeekly.com writes that UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock continues to hint at a lawsuit against Zuffa:
“The fact is, we have a lawsuit going on right now,” Shamrock stated in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “They released me from my contract. I had one fight left. Now, we’re going to go after them for the damages and that’s why I couldn’t fight. I couldn’t fight because I was holding up to my end of the bargain with them. Then they turn around and didn’t hold up to their end of the bargain because they released me from my contract illegally, they breeched my contract, I am now open and ready to fight.”
I’m not sure Shamrock has much of a case. While I have never seen an actual UFC fighter contract, I have spoken to managers and fighters off the record who have conveyed many details that pertain to a standard UFC deal.
One of thing that has been relayed is that in most UFC contracts the promotion demands exclusivity from its fighters (a fighter usually needs written permission to compete outside a UFC contract) yet retains the right to “accelerate” (a nice word for terminate) at any time for any reason.
While I’ve heard that there are a couple of fighters that have guaranteed contracts, there are many top names within the UFC that do not have a guarantee that the number of fights they originally signed for will be honored. While it’s possible that Shamrock has a guarantee in his contract, it’s highly unlikely.