Bisping Ordered to Pay Ex-Manager $400K
Michael Bisping has been ordered by a judge to pay his ex-manager $400,000 in unpaid commissions.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the case came about as a result of a contract Bisping signed prior to participating in the third season of The Ultimate Fighter, which Bisping was the light heavyweight winner of. At the end of the 11-day trial, Judge Richard Salter ruled that Bisping owed McGann, who is the founder of the Wolfslair MMA Academy gym that Bisping once represented, approximately $426,284 (£320,000) from commissions between 2005 and 2011.
The trial also reportedly saw a “scuffle” between the two parties inside the courtroom waiting area.
Judge Slater criticized Bisping for “tailoring and trimming his evidence to suit his case,” and he stated that Bisping’s actions had “fallen well short of the standard that the court is entitled to expect” and called parts of his evidence “incredible and untrue.”
Meanwhile, the judge said McGann greatly exaggerated his claims against Bisping, stating that the claims “varied between the aggressive and the obsequious” and included “false documents and false evidence.”
The trial will next determine which party will be on the hook for the case’s legal costs, with Slater saying that Bisping footing the bill for McGann’s legal team would be “an affront to justice.” He called the bills “almost certainly out of all proportion to the sums at stake.”
Bisping fought twice in the UFC last month, losing the UFC Middleweight Championship to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 before taking a fight with Kelvin Gastelum in China three weeks later and getting knocked out in the first round.
Bisping is next looking to fight in England in March, presumably for a retirement bout.