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The former UFC champion revealed in September that she was being sued by Fight Tribe Management President Darin Harvey. Now, it seems that both sides have reached a settlement.

The lawsuit began when Harvey claimed that Rousey had not kept up her end of the deal that the two had made in January 2013.

According to Harvey, he had agreed to invest over $170,000 into Rousey's career, encompassing training camps, living expenses, sparring partners, and more; all of which, he maintains, was the reason Rousey is who she is today.

In return, he claims she signed a contract giving him a portion of all of her earnings, including mixed martial arts payouts, acting, modeling, and other appearance fees.

However, according to documents he submitted in his lawsuit, he had only been paid about $84,000 so far, a net loss of over half his investment.

He told Pro MMA Now that when the two met, Rousey was "destitute," and that his support carried her entire career.

When I first met Ronda Rousey four years ago, she was destitute and UFC President Dana White was quoted as saying a woman would never fight in the UFC. I set out to make Ronda a star and prove Dana wrong. The results speak for themselves. Ronda is now a highly sought-after model, spokesperson and actress, not to mention the first and still reigning female UFC champion. She deserves all the credit in the world for her accomplishments, but she never would have achieved such unprecedented success without the unwavering financial investment, career guidance and professional support Fight Tribe Management and I provided her.
I am not a litigious person, but I never thought for a moment that once she made it to the top, Ronda would turn her back on us and refuse to honor her legal and moral obligations. After months of radio silence and without even giving me the courtesy of an explanation I was forced to go to court to compel Ronda to private arbitration per the terms of our agreement. Before that could be sorted out, Ronda's legal team ran to the State Athletic Commission, demanded an expedited hearing and tried to get our entire agreement thrown out on a technicality.
During our four-hour hearing last week, I finally heard Ronda's side of the story. Frankly, it's pathetic and I'm not surprised the Commission chose not to include any of that in their written decision. The Commission did properly reject Ronda's attempt to invalidate the entirety of our agreement, and I am very pleased with that aspect of their decision. Our case against Ronda will now proceed. I am confident that when all the facts are presented to an impartial private arbitrator, Fight Tribe Management's contributions to Ronda's career will be fully recognized and fairly rewarded."

Luckily for both sides, it seems the former manager and sometime actress reached an undisclosed settlement on Friday.

Hopefully this means Rousey will be able to get back to work, and focus on her return to MMA.


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