In science’s constant pursuit of finding a force to halt the seemingly unstoppable object known as Roy Nelson’s belly, Roy Jones Jr. may have made a significant scientific breakthrough, and now he’s seeking monetary compensation for it.
Roy Jones Jr. and his sports management company, Square Ring, Inc, claims that Roy Nelson and ZUFFA breached a contract established in March of 2009. Square Ring alleges that Roy Nelson granted the company exclusive rights to match any offer Roy Nelson received to fight in the future. According to Robert Joyner, UFC Vice President Marc Ratner met with the Square Ring’s CEO who informed Ratner that Roy Nelson was under contract with the organization as a Square Ring, Inc. fighter. Marc Ratner later met independently with Roy Nelson to negotiate a promotional contract with ZUFFA without letting Square Ring, Inc have ‘first dibs’ as my drunken college roommate would say after he would ‘randomly’ find my six-pack in the refrigerator on a Saturday night.
Square Ring, Inc claims that all bouts that occurred in The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 breached his contract and are seeking over $10,000 in punitive damages. After UFC 122, Dana White chimed in on Roy Nelson’s contractual issues the only way Dana can, with a few expletives sprinkled in for good measure.
“These guys go out and sign with these rinky-dink little promotion companies and sign these bad contracts, and let’s just say Roy Nelson is involved in a bad contract right now that he had before. There’s a couple of different organizations out there that do it.”
“There’s organizations that are locking these guys up to the old-school boxing contracts. The contracts that King and those guys were doing back in the 60s, 70s and 80s where they have options on top of their options – so your contract never ends with these guys.
“These are the kinds of contracts that some of these guys are signing in these other organizations out there that some of these MMA websites go, ‘Oh, stick up for these guys, they’re the small guys.’ The small guys are the guys that are really [expletive] the fighters.”
Until Roy Nelson irons out whatever legal problems he (and ZUFFA) have with Roy Jones Jr. and Square Ring, Inc, he’s essentially prohibited from competing in the UFC. If you’re a legal jargon aficionado, you can read more of the lawsuit (and counter lawsuit) here. However, if you want to see the similarities between Jon Kitna and Michael Bisping, I have you covered. [Source]