The UFC isn't giving up on pushing controversial contracts in front of its fighters.
As first reported by MMAmania.com and confirmed by SI.com, Dana White & Co. told Jon Fitch and Christian Wellisch to hit the pavement after the two refused to sign a licensing agreement for the promotion's THQ video game - an agreement that would hand Zuffa rights to the fighters' names and likenesses in perpetuity.
The agreement is similar to the one the UFC asked its fighters to sign for clothing deals and the JAKKS Pacific action figures. Many managers and fighters expressed concern over "deal-breaker" clauses in those, such as undefined terms of compensation, the loss of likeness rights in perpetuity and the inability to audit how much Zuffa is making in individual licensing agreements.
The exact terms of the video game licensing agreement were not disclosed, how ever it makes you wonder: could Fitch and Wellisch be just the first of many UFC fighters to be on the chopping block?
Stay tuned to SI.com for further details.
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