Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping isn’t just losing fights these days, he stands to lose more than $400,000 after a Manchester judged ordered “The Count” to pay ex-manager and Wolfslair MMA Academy founder Anthony McGann for unpaid commissions.
According to Manchester Evening News, Bisping reportedly owed McGann earnings from a management agreement signed in 2005. After an 11-day trial, Judge Richard Salter awarded McGann $426,313 in back commissions from 2005-2011. Salter added that Bisping was “tailoring and trimming his evidence to suit his case.” He called the former champion’s recount of Wolfslair “incredible and untrue.”
On top of the legal proceedings that left Bisping’s wallet considerably lighter, the former UFC champion and McGann reportedly got into a scuffle outside of the courthouse prior to the judge’s ruling. After catching wind of the altercation, Salter said, “I cautioned them that such behavior in the precincts of the court could not be tolerated.”
While Bisping has racked up a ton of money over his years competing inside of the Octagon, having to pay over $400,000 to a former manager you no longer associate with has to be a tough pill to swallow. Both Bisping and McGann will continue their legal battle to see who will pay for the costs of the proceedings.
Bisping, 38, is coming off back-to-back loses to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 and Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122. The veteran UFC fighter is nearing retirement and could call it quits after an upcoming stop at UFC Fight Night 127 on Mar. 17 from London, England.