Nate Diaz Gets Lawsuit Thrown Out
Nate Diaz has cleared a professional hurdle as he is rumored to return to the Octagon later this year.
In a story broken by TMZ, Diaz had a lawsuit dismissed in a Texas court, filed by his former management at the Ballengee Group.
The suit, which was filed in June by the Ballengee Group who were seeking more than $1 million from Diaz, claiming the UFC star committed theft, breach of contract and fraud, among other claims.
In the complaint, Ballengee claimed that they helped negotiate Diaz’ contract for his UFC 202 fight against Conor McGregor. They claim that Diaz fired them and never paid the company a percentage of his income from the fight against McGregor. Ballengee stated in the complaint that it had advised Diaz in deals for his fights with Michael Johnson and Rafael dos Anjos.
The suit was filed in Dallas County (Texas) District Court, which was the cause of the dismissal, as the judge stating the case did not belong in Texas, per the document granting Diaz’s team’s motion to dismiss. Judge Jane J. Boyle wrote that Ballengee “failed to demonstrate that this court should exercise personal jurisdiction over Defendants.”
Ballengee, which is based in Texas, could take the lawsuit to another state, a similar suit against Diaz’s attorney Sam Awad, was dismissed for the same reason.
“We are very pleased the Court dismissed the case because Nate has not fought in Texas and the case should not have been filed in Texas,” Diaz’s attorney Jeremiah Reynolds said in a statement.
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