Former Manager rips Ronda Rousey’s character; “she wouldn’t have achieved success without me”

Posted: April 7, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion

rondamieshaWe’ve been reading about the legal rift between UFC champ Ronda Rousey and her now-former manager Darin Harvey of Fight Tribe Management. Essentially Rousey won a court ruling that said her management contract was found invalid and won’t be enforced. In response, Harvey spoke up about Rousey and claims now that she’s a big star, she’s turned her back on the people who helped her get to the top.

“When I first met Ronda Rousey four years ago, she was destitute and UFC President Dana White was quoted as saying a woman would never fight in the UFC. I set out to make Ronda a star and prove Dana wrong. The results speak for themselves. Ronda is now a highly sought-after model, spokesperson and actress, not to mention the first and still reigning female UFC champion. She deserves all the credit in the world for her accomplishments, but she never would have achieved such unprecedented success without the unwavering financial investment, career guidance and professional support Fight Tribe Management and I provided her.”

This doesn’t paint a pretty picture of Rousey. Harvey is correct about his assessment of her career a very short time ago. At that time, there was zero chance of her ever fighting in the UFC, and other options were extremely limited. Harvey continued.

“I am not a litigious person, but I never thought for a moment that once she made it to the top, Ronda would turn her back on us and refuse to honor her legal and moral obligations. After months of radio silence and without even giving me the courtesy of an explanation I was forced to go to court to compel Ronda to private arbitration per the terms of our agreement. Before that could be sorted out, Ronda’s legal team ran to the State Athletic Commission, demanded an expedited hearing and tried to get our entire agreement thrown out on a technicality. During our four-hour hearing last week, I finally heard Ronda’s side of the story. Frankly, it’s pathetic and I’m not surprised the Commission chose not to include any of that in their written decision. The Commission did properly reject Ronda’s attempt to invalidate the entirety of our agreement, and I am very pleased with that aspect of their decision. Our case against Ronda will now proceed. I am confident that when all the facts are presented to an impartial private arbitrator, Fight Tribe Management’s contributions to Ronda’s career will be fully recognized and fairly rewarded.”

It will be interesting to see what happens next. It appears Harvey will be continuing to fight for restitution and acknowledgment of his services to Ronda. In the meantime, items like this will probably do nothing for Rousey’s image; but it will also certainly not derail her rise in popularity. Especially when you consider how unlikeable stars like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber are; and how popular they remain.


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