Last week Bellator fighter Vyacheslav Vasilevsky got absolutely reamed when a Dutch court found him in breach of contract with his former promotion M-1. The penalty: 1000 euros per day since the breach, and 5000 euros per day he competes in another promotion. All in all that adds up to over half a million euros, which seems like a slightly silly amount of money to owe.
It’s not exactly clear how easy it will be for M-1 to get that Dutch judgement upheld in the US. Especially considering Vasilevsky and Bellator are basically claiming M-1 doesn’t even have a valid contract with the fighter. Like … the contract may not even physically exist. Here’s Vasilevsky’s manager:
“When Bellator signed him back in November, I know at that point, the fighter requested – and I believe Bellator has done the same – requested a copy of the (M-1) contract,” Kardan said. “If he was presented a contract, I’m pretty sure Bellator would not have signed him. I’m pretty positive of that. So for almost six months, [M-1 hasn't] presented any kind of contract that would state they do have an existing agreement with him.”
When asked to forward a copy of the fighter’s contract on the condition that it would not be published, Kogan declined, stating that the contract is an internal matter. Instead, the M-1 exec forwarded to Sherdog a copy of the signed judgment delivered in the Court of the City of Amsterdam as evidence that Vasilevsky remains under contract with the promotion.
Sound kinda fishy to you too? I’m not really against M-1 stopping fighters from breaching contracts or anything, but the dickface penalties built into their agreements make it hard (as it often is with M-1) to side with them in this situation. Especially when they can’t even produce the contract in question.