Monday 11 December 2017

Management group of Nate Diaz seeking €897k for breach of contract and theft for fights with Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor of Ireland and Nate Diaz raise their hands and wait to hear the judges decision after their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Conor McGregor of Ireland and Nate Diaz raise their hands and wait to hear the judges decision after their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Jack O'Toole

UFC Lightweight contender Nate Diaz's former management group The Ballengee Group are suing the 32-year-old for more than $1 million (€897k) for an alleged breach of contract.

The Ballengee Group filed a lawsuit against Diaz on Tuesday in Dallas County (Texas) District Court, claiming that the Californian committed theft, breach of contract and fraud, among other charges, according to the complaint obtained by American MMA publication MMA Fighting.

The Ballengee Group claimed that they had never received their contracted compensation for negotiating Diaz's two fights with McGregor at UFC 196 and UFC 202, as well as his deals for his fights with Michael Johnson and Rafael dos Anjos, and that Diaz had "unexpectedly terminated" the management group's representation of him last July, after the contract to fight McGregor in a rematch at UFC 202 was already in place a month later in August.

Diaz made $2 million (€1.79 million) in disclosed pay against McGregor at UFC 202 and $500,000 (€448k) at UFC 196, a fight which Diaz was also awarded $100,000 (€90k) in bonuses after his second-round submission of McGregor.

Ballengee attorney Jason H. Friedman confirmed that his client would be seeking more than $1 million (€897k) in the suit and that Diaz and his attorney Sam Awad had allegedly advised fellow UFC fighter Leslie Smith to terminate her arrangement with Ballengee without paying the company what she owed.

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