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Friday, 03/14/2014, 07:35 am

Ronda Rousey Seeking Legal Action to Separate from Management Team

According to Sherdog, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey may be at odds with her management team, Fight Tribe Management, run by Darin Harvery, and is seeking to rectify the situation through the courts. Rousey has had an incredible rise to fame just within the last year, and it’s not necessarily uncommon for an athlete to want to move on from their first management company when their name and exposure becomes so large.

Rousey has obtained legal representation from Steven Bash from Bash & Polyachenko, P.C.

“As far as disagreements go, we don’t have any intention to publicly litigate any dispute or air grievances or dirty laundry about their relationship,” Bash told Sherdog.com on Wednesday. “The only current issue is whether or not Fight Tribe can legally be considered Ronda Rousey’s manager under well-established California law, and we feel the answer will be no … Today, the fact is, that [representation agreement] is voidable and null and not legally enforceable. Once we get a determination, then we’ll go from there, but that’s really what the issue is today.
Honestly, I’m still gathering a lot of facts, because my firm’s involvement is strictly for this particular issue. I can’t really comment on the source of the friction. I can tell you that there are multiple sources, but it’s still pretty premature to discuss them, because the issue is one of legality, rather than what I’m sure people want to hear, which is ‘What’s going on behind the scenes to have caused this situation to occur?’ It’s premature for that, and in my opinion, it’s not necessary. Maybe it all comes out later in the future, but right now, like in any relationship that comes to an end, there is an emotional component to it. So I think it would be an unnecessary aspect of what is going on.”

By Kenya Owens

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