Zach Light, once Bellator MMA’s Talent Development Director, has filed against his former employer – as well as parent company Viacom – in Los Angeles Superior Court for wrongful dismissal. Light was terminated from his position on March 17, 2016, for which he is seeking damages. In addition, the UFC and Strikeforce veteran makes a series of allegations that Bellator made a series of unethical and perhaps illegal breaches in the course of promoting and staging events.
Light alleges there were a number of incidents of ethical or legal dubiousness which Bellator management met with insoucience. In his complaint, Light claims he became aware of fighters using fraudlent medical reports to obtain licenses and competes. When he brought these matters to Bellator management’s attention, Light says, he was sternly rebuffed and his employment with the company threatened. “Approximately 48 hours prior to [Ryan] Martinez’s scheduled fight at Bellator 126, [Light] promptly reported what he had learned to Rich Chou, defendant BELLATOR’s Vice President of Talent. Chou assured [Light] that he would follow up and that [Light] should focus on his job. When [Light] heard nothing further from Chou, he approached [Bellator President Scott] Coker regarding Martinez’ impending fight based on forged medicals, in violation of Arizona law. Coker told [Light] to ‘do what Chou told you to do,’ without addressing these issues. Thereafter, [Light] again brought the subject up to Chou. Chou threatened[Light] with termination if he kept pushing the issue. [Light] later learned that after losing his bout, Martinez never resumed his mixed martial arts career.”
Light goes on to allege Coker asked Light to set up fights between fighters represented by a manager with a poor relationship with Bellator leadership against fighters who’d likely beat them. This way, Light claims, the company would have standing to release them. This ….View full article
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