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Ray Borg being sued by ex-manager, team for ‘fraud’ and ‘stolen trade secrets’

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It really isn’t a good time for Ray Borg to be dealing with any sort of legal issue.

The former UFC flyweight title challenger recently had to pull out of his next bout opposite Brandon Moreno at UFC Chile due to complications with his newborn son. While Borg’s baby is doing much better after two brain surgeries, all of his attention needs to be focused on his family.

Unfortunately, “Tazmexican Devil” now has to deal with a sour ex-manager, as Wild Bunch Management (WBM), which is also the gym that Borg previously trained at, is suing the 24-year-old for “fraud” and “breach of contract.” WBM filed the suit against Borg back in February of this year, MMA Fighting confirmed via a public records request with Bernalillo County (N.M.) Second Judicial District Court.

The lawsuit states that WBM helped negotiate Borg’s five-fight deal with UFC, but were only compensated for one fight after the flyweight “unexpectedly severed ties” and moved to Greg Jackson’s gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Not only is WBM claiming that Borg’s switch to JacksonWink MMA represented a violation of a non-compete clause in his contract since the two gyms are so close to one another, but they’re also stating that Borg promised to pay them 20 percent of his in-cage earnings totaling $9,999 or less and 10 percent of any bonus over $10,000.

As a result of all of this, WBM is seeking “actual, incidental, consequential and punitive damages” from Borg.

“The material breaches of the Fighter Management Agreement and Covenant Not to Compete have subjected Wild Bunch Managament LLC immediate and irreparable injury and financial harm,” WBM attorney Ryan B. Baughman writes in the complaint.

Ouch. Talk about a bad break.

As for Borg, his lawyer believe WBM is reaching for something that simply isn’t there.

“I think what’s going on is Ray switched gyms, he wanted to be successful,” Borg’s attorney Jason Bowles told MMA Fighting. “He did become successful. And they don’t have a claim to that income, based on his trying to better himself. I know they want the money. That gym doesn’t do as well as JacksonWink, so they’re gonna want to take from fighters that do pretty well.”

“I don’t see a claim,” Bowles added. “I see a reach with this one. … I don’t think there was a solid contract, like they’re saying. But we’re gonna have to vet that out.”

We’ll have to wait and see what happens with this one. But considering Borg has already gone through a Conor McGregor bus attack and a life-threatening situation in regards to his son, it’s safe to say that 2018 has already been the worst year of his life.