UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock came up short in a bid to sue his former employer for not allowing him to complete the second and final fight of his UFC contract.
And now the courts are making him reimburse Zuffa for $175,000 spent in legal fees.
In a lawsuit filed back in 2008, "The World's Most Dangerous Man" claimed he made a two-fight deal with the UFC that would allow him a second fight after finishing his trilogy with Tito Ortiz at UFC: The Final Chapter back in October of 2006.
Shamrock had the option of not fighting for a second time if he chose to retire after his final bout with Ortiz (which he did). Then in June of 2007, Shamrock had a change of heart and tried to return to the Octagon for his second fight but the UFC had already moved on, accepting Shamrock's October retirement as the end of their relationship.
The courts agreed.
Perhaps the UFC chose to accept his retirement at face value. Or perhaps Ken Shamrock is no longer a marketable fighter whose diminished skills puts him one fight away from serious injury.
Either way, the courts weren't about to force Zuffa to hand over the boatload of cash the Lion's Den founder was looking for. And now it's a double-whammy for Shammy as his bid to get paid ended up costing him some serious coin.
From the UFC:
"This latest legal victory on behalf of Zuffa demonstrates, once again, that the UFC is fully committed to vigorously enforcing all of its contractual rights. Judge (Susan) Johnson has determined Mr. Shamrock’s hard lesson learned in this case will cost him approximately $175,000."
Ken Shamrock will never (we think) fight again under the UFC banner -- but that won't stop him from competing. He's still working on a Seth Petruzelli fight at some point in 2010.
Is this a fight he can actually win? Time will tell.