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M-1 crushes fighter in court

More legal wranglin’ afoot, this time in Europe. If you thought America was the only place where a young naive mixed martial artist could get trapped in a predatory contract and legally screwed, you were wrong!

M-1 Global has staked claim to Bellator middleweight Vyacheslav Vasilevsky in a Dutch court and plans to pursue the fighter in the U.S.

A judgment won this past Thursday awards damages to the Russia-based promotion that amount to several hundred thousand euros and bars him from fighting in Bellator or any other organization. Neither Vasilevsky or his representatives were present in court.

The judgement orders Vasilevsky to pay €1,000 for each day he’s been in breach of contract as well as €5,000 for every day he fights in another promotion, plus court fees, Kogan said. He added that the fighter was served notice of the pending legal action by process server.

I know what you’re thinking. €1,000 a day is a pittance. Vyacheslav should be paying at least €3000 – €5000 a day. That’s more in line with the big bucks guys like him, Bellator and M-1 are dealing with. It was a bad day for this kid to mistake euros for rubles. Depending on how long VV’s been considered in breach of contract, this is going to add up to nearly a million euros. And I bet you thought M-1 could only scam the big bucks out of people using Fedor Emelianenko.

This might be P4P the new #1 worst legal beatdown performed on an MMA fighter. Wow. Again. Never thought M-1 would have the P4P #1 anything moving forward.

  • Reverend Clint

    might be time to file bankruptcy

  • iamphoenix

    m1 can suck a dick

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Fedor might want to take note of how his company is taking someone’s soul.

    Wretched scum.


    How did this end up in a Dutch court? I don’t see the connection here. The fighter is not from there, he’s never fought there and the promotion is not based there. What’s the connection? Am I missing something here?

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    M-1 is apparently based in Amsterdam.

  • Grappo

    I don’t give a fuck if he knowingly breached his contract, or his inept management fucked him over, but ruining this poor guy’s life over it is not acceptable.  They should be happy.  By virtue of being in the Bellator tournament, he’s now more recognizable than 90% of the ‘skys and ‘enkos on the M-1 roster, and he’s still contractually obligated (i’m assuming) to fight for M-1.  He builds his name into something, and they can still reap the benefit.  I’m surprised they didn’t wait to see if he won the tournament, because then he’d actually have a little money to take.  Scummy business.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I’m looking to see how this plays in an American court.  We need to see if he was really served and with what.  I’d also like to see the contract with the 365,000/yr penalty.

    If he actually knew this could happen and didn’t do anything then he kinda deserves it, but obviously can’t ever pay.

    M-1 are still complete and utter scum for A saying he was nothing without them and B including such a shitty godless clause in the first place.

  • Letibleu

    from what ii understood M-1 withheld specifics until bellator signed him and then showcased him. im dunk though so i might be thinking about a car commercial?!

  • theinsaneoneJustinMcCully

    sick fucks


    Shit seems unenforceable, I would tell them to suck a fart out of my ass.

    I hope Bellator ignores it and Vasilevsky and his current team/manager challenge it in U.S. court. Better yet, I hope Vadim and Co. march into a U.S. courtroom and ask for help enforcing the Dutch judgement.

    Speaking of M-1 and court, anyone know the status of their lawsuit against Affliction? I haven’t heard anything in a long time.

  • Grappo

    anybody know what happened with the breach of contract suit that Bellator filed against Brookins?  and the suit against the UFC as well.

  • Letibleu

    we dont talk about that here


  • G Funk

    Thanks Leti.