Apparently the Ultimate Women Challenge has not yet paid their fighters, as it appears a lawsuit has been filed against LHP Entertainment, Lyle Howry Productions and Lyle Howry himself on behalf of fighters Heather Clark, Angela Hayes, Barb Honchak, Angela Magana, Michelle Ould, Patricia Vidonic and Kaitlin Young.
To sum it up, the lawsuit asks for payment, as well as damages to compensate for the pay which was withheld, and that no 3rd party (such as an investor with a security lien) have a higher claim to the pay. It also asks that no biographical image (including names and likenesses) of the women be used. LHP and Lyle Howry have 20 days to respond from the date of the complaint, which was filed on March 14th.
As previously reported on MMA HQ, the complaint stated that the fighters were supposed to be paid $100 per day for each day they participated in the program. One fighter participated for 18 days and the other 6 fighters listed participated for a total of 34 days, from August 24 to September 26, 2010.
Per diems were supposed to be paid on a weekly basis, and it’s obviously been more than a week since the production period ends. (UWC therefore originally owed one fighter $1800 and several other fighters $3400 each.) Additional payments were supposed to be made for the fights. Winners of each weight class were supposed to receive $50,000 within 45 days of the end of production, and fighters were supposed to be paid sums ranging from $2,000 to $25,000 for additional fights which took place.
On December 21st, several of the fighters asked for a settlement which was agreed to by LHP on January 31st. It asked for the fees owed with an interest rate of 19.56% per year and liquidated damages of $13,360 (presumably to be split evenly among the women as additional compensation due to the hardship and delays), as well as medical expenses for an MRI which one fighter received due to an injury sustained on the show. None of the payments due were made. Therefore, a second settlement agreement was made, which included a fighter (who was not a part of the first settlement) as well as the other fighters previously mentioned. It asked for liquidated damages of $19,000, fees owed and payment for the MRI.