According to a contract obtained by Yahoo Sports that the fighters of UFC 249 had to sign, they risk losing their purse and any financial bonus they could earn if they defame or denigrate the UFC on its health protocols and of security.
Earlier today, Stephen Espinoza, president of Showtime Sports, tweeted about it.
This is because they were required to sign a document that says they can lose their purse and their bonuses if they say something negative about the COVID protocols. https://t.co/97v9ZduOxF
– Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) May 9, 2020
Yahoo Sports spoke on the phone to UFC president Dana White on Saturday who confirmed that the UFC fighters agreement includes an anti-bashing clause, which he said is included in all company contracts. But he denied that there would be sanctions if a fighter said something negative about the organization, which was true.
“This is called an anti-bashing clause and if I know what it is, this scumbag (Espinoza) is a lawyer and you would think he should know what it is,” said White.
Yahoo Sports asked White to clarify the clause.
“If a fighter says something that is not true – if he says that we have not tested anyone for it – it would be [violate the agreement], ” he said. “But if he said something true, his opinion, then it’s different. “
Espinoza did not return repeated phone calls and text messages from Yahoo Sports. But according to a document that Yahoo Sports acquired from a third party who wished to remain anonymous, the non-bashing clause indicates that the combatant could lose all of his purse for having raped him.
According to the last sentence of paragraph 7 of the agreement to participate in the event, the combatants are required to sign:
“If the Participant is a Combatant, the Participant acknowledges and accepts that in the event that the Participant violates this paragraph 7, the Company may revoke all or part of the sums or awards earned by the Participant in the context of the Activities, including, but not limited to handbags, win bonuses, other combat-related bonuses, and event-based merchandise royalties. “
Jacare Souza and two of her cornermen tested positive and her fight with Uriah Hall was canceled. But Souza put on weight and hit his white fist, even though he was wearing a mask and wearing gloves. When Souza arrived in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday, he informed UFC officials that he had a family member who he believed had contracted the virus. “Data-reactid =” 35 “> The UFC carried out several swab tests to find the presence of COVID-19 on all the combatants and their teams. Friday, Jacare Souza and two of her cornermen tested positive and her fight with Uriah Hall was canceled. When Souza arrived in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday, he informed UFC officials that he had a family member who he believed had contracted the virus.
In a statement released Friday by the UFC announcing the positive tests, he wrote: “From their arrival earlier in the week until their departure today, Souza and his cornermen have followed the health and safety protocols of the UFC, in particular by practicing social distancing, by wearing personal protective equipment, and self-insulating whenever possible. ”
However, former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum posted a video on his Instagram story which he then deleted, showing at least one case of Souza violating social distancing protocols.
It was earlier today in Werdum’s Instagram story.
“Jacare” very close with a group of people all certainly within 6 feet. pic.twitter.com/x1Dcus734G
– Danny Segura (@dannyseguratv) May 9, 2020
Obviously, Souza and Werdum were not six feet apart from each other and Souza appears to be wandering freely in the hotel when he had reason to believe that he could be positive.
All the combatants assumed the risk when they signed the agreement to participate in the event, in accordance with paragraph 4, which reads as follows:
“The participant fully understands and accepts that the preparation, travel, accommodation, attendance, contact and consumption or use of food, drink and other consumables, participation and appearance and / or the provision of services or personnel for activities (collectively, the “covered issues”) may result in exposure to COVID-19 and that contraction of COVID-19 may cause serious and permanent damage to the health of the participant and / or others, including, but not limited to, death, fever, weight loss, irreversible damage to the pulmonary, respiratory and / or neurological systems, mental or emotional distress, temporary or permanent disability, loss of income, loss employment, loss of financial or other possibilities, medical costs, which may or may not be covered by insurance, cleaning costs, compulsory self-quarantine, loss of licenses and similar approvals by any regulatory or self-regulatory body to which the Participant or any of the Released Parties (as defined below) are subject to investigation and / or prosecution by civil, criminal or other regulatory authorities and other lost and lost economic, reputational or other harms and opportunities (collectively, “harms”).
The part of the contract that Espinoza seems to be referring to when he spoke of fighters likely to lose their scholarships is the first part of paragraph 7.
In this, the combatant agreed with his signature on the contract that he / she “will not suggest or communicate to any person or entity that the activities have been or will be carried out without appropriate precautions in terms of health, safety or others, whether they relate to COVID-19 or other. ”