UFC Contract Clause of the Day: Exclusivity


4.1 Each Bout shall be a mixed martial arts contest, one-on-one fight between Fighter and an opponent designated by ZUFFA, conducted pursuant to the rules and regulations of the athletic commission or official authority having jurisdiction over the Bout or ZUFFA pursuant to Section 4.7 (“Athletic Commission”). Fighter and ZUFFA shall comply with and be bound by the rules and regulations of the Athletic Commission. For Bouts that occur in a jurisdiction or country without an Athletic Commission, the language contained in Section 4.7 shall control.

4.2 ZUFFA shall promote and Fighter shall participate in the minimum number of Bouts set forth in the Term section below. For purposes hereof, ZUFFA shall be deemed to have complied with its obligations to promote any Bout if ZUFFA shall have made an offer to Fighter to promote a Bout in accordance with the provisions hereof and Fighter shall have refused to participate. If a Bout is the undercard to a main event and the main event is canceled or postponed for any reason, the failure of such Bout to take place shall not be deemed non-performance by ZUFFA and ZUFFA shall not be liable for any Fighter’s Purse associated therewith.

4.3 Fighter shall cooperate and assist in the advertising, publicity, and promotion of (i) the Bouts, (ii) any and all rebroadcast of the Bouts in any media whatsoever, (iii) other UFC bouts, (iv) other UFC events and broadcasts, and (v) the sale of UFC merchandise, including making appearances at such reasonable number of press conferences, interviews and other sponsorship and promotional activities (any of which may be telecast, broadcast, recorded and/or filmed) as ZUFFA may designate, without additional compensation therefore. For such promotional activities, ZUFFA will arrange and pay for Fighter’s reasonable travel and hotel accommodations.

4.4 All Bouts shall be on dates and at sites to be designated by ZUFFA, in its sole and absolute discretion. If any Bout is postponed for any reason except ZUFFA’s non-performance, the Bout Agreement applicable to such bout shall determine the rights of the parties and in addition thereto, the Term shall be extended, at ZUFFA’s election, by a number of days equal to the number of days between
the date originally scheduled for the Bout and the date on which the Bout occurs.

4.5 During the Term, ZUFFA shall have the exclusive right to promote all of Fighter’s bouts and Fighter shall not participate in or render his services as a professional fighter or in any other capacity to any other mixed martial art, martial art, boxing, professional wrestling, or any other fighting competition or exhibition, except as otherwise expressly permitted by this Agreement.

4.6 Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event Fighter is not then the UFC champion, Fighter is permitted, subject to the consent of ZUFFA, which may be granted or withheld in ZUFFA’s sole discretion, to contract with other promoters or to engage in any mixed martial arts bout or fighting competition or exhibition promoted by other promoters (“Other Bout”) during the Term provided (i) such Other Bout is not televised by any domestic or international television network, station, cable system, satellite or other provider; (ii) such Other Bout is scheduled for and takes place on a date which is more than sixty (60) days before or more than thirty (30) days after any non-championship Bout and more than ninety (90) days before or more than thirty (30) days after any championship Bout; (iii) a copy of any agreement for any Other Bout shall have been furnished to and approved by ZUFFA prior to its execution
by Fighter; and (iv) a fully executed copy of any such agreement is provided to ZUFFA within five (5) days of execution by Fighter. Except in compliance with the foregoing limited exception, Fighter shall not, during the Term, grant promotional or other rights which conflict with the Rights. Furthermore, Fighter expressly agrees that this Agreement shall be automatically extended for an additional one hundred twenty (120) days for each non-UFC promoted competition or exhibition that Fighter participates in, and any reference to the Term herein shall be deemed to include any such extension(s).

4.7 Any and all Bouts that occur in a jurisdiction or country without an Athletic Commission shall be conducted pursuant to the statutes, rules and regulations of the State of Nevada in effect at the time of the Bout, including, but not limited to, the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts (the “Nevada Rules”); for the protection of the health and safety of the Fighter, to promote fairness in the administration of the Bout, and to preserve the integrity of the sport of mixed martial arts. In its sole discretion, ZUFFA may utilize the Nevada Rules in the oversight of any Bouts that occur under this Subsection 4.7. Fighter may appeal any advisory opinion by ZUFFA regarding any violations of the Nevada Rules relating only to Bouts that occur in a jurisdiction or country without an official government mandated Athletic Commission to an independent third-party arbitrator or arbitration panel selected pursuant to the guidelines developed by the American Arbitration Association. All costs and fees associated with an appeal taken pursuant to this Section shall be the exclusive responsibility of the Fighter. Regardless of where a Bout occurs, in no event shall a Fighter have any right to appeal a decision by ZUFFA relating to the UFC Title or the UFC Championship belts.


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