As per PWInsider, Alberto Del Rio filed a breach of contract lawsuit in July against the MMA promotion Combate Americas (Combate Global) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Del Rio – real name José Alberto Rodriguez Chucuan – has alleged that he was owed $250,000 for his MMA fight with Tito Ortiz, and that the promotion maintained control of his social media accounts after his relationship with the Defendants ended.
In the lawsuit, Rodriguez alleges he signed an agreement in September 2016 to become a “co-spokesman, color commentator, roving reporter, pre-fight and post-fight interviewer, on-camera personality, liaison for fighter relations and brand ambassador” for ‘Combate Americas LLC’
The lawsuit states that this agreement was terminated in July 2017, but Combate allegedly later made an offer for Rodriguez to fight Tito Ortiz with the agreement being he’d be paid $500,000 to promote the bout, and an additional $250,000 to fight. Alberto fought Ortiz in 2019, and alleges the company has ignored invoices for the payment of $250,000 for the actual fight.
Rodriguez has alleged that Combate refuse to answer questions about his social media accounts, after he allegedly gave the promotion access to the accounts to promote the fight. The lawsuit alleges that the two parties no longer have a working relationship.
Rodriguez is suing for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, conversion (for not turning over the social media accounts). He seeks:
- compensatory damages in the amount of $250,000.00 for Defendant’s breach of contract, or quantum meruit or unjust enrichment
- Interest of at least $26,250.00 due and owing from and after December 31, 2019 calculated as follows through April 15, 2021, and as determined by the Court for the days following April 15, 2021 up to the date judgment is rendered: 7% interest of $26,250.
- For an award of Plaintiffs’ costs and reasonable attorney’s fees;
- To return control of all social media accounts to Plaintiffs.
- For such other and further relief as may be just and proper.
Combate filed paperwork with the court regarding their representation on September 30, but are yet to respond to Rodriguez’ suit. The court approved the attorney on October 1. Rodriguez is not asking for a jury trial.
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