Michael Bisping is going to court over a dispute in which his former manager claims the UFC middleweight champion owes him $349,000.
According to a report from the Daily Star, Anthony McGann, who runs the Liverpool-based Wolfslair Gym, is alleging that the UFC star still owes unpaid fees and expenses from a six-year contract signed shortly before he appeared on Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Bisping reportedly signed a six-year contract with Wolfslair in 2005 and then informed the camp of his plans to leave once that deal expired. “The Count” appeared in London’s High Court on Monday to accuse McGann of forging a new contract “in order to backdate bonuses and payments made to him from the UFC.” McGann, meanwhile, claims that the expenses were part of the original agreement.
“The contract I signed was not that big,” Bisping said during cross examination. “It was to Wolfslair not McGann. It’s not the contract I signed. It didn’t even have my name on it. It was a template.”
The case is ongoing for Bisping, who moved to California in 2012. Bisping was initially expected to defend his middleweight crown against Georges St. Pierre at some point this year, but UFC President Dana White changed course and said the British champion’s next 185-pound defense would come against Yoel Romero.