Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has been ordered to pay his former manager Anthony McGann more than $400,000 in unpaid commissions dating back to 2011.
According to a report from Manchester Evening News, a judge in the U.K. ordered Bisping to pay the amount after a contentious two-week court battle, which included a “scuffle” inside a waiting area.
Bisping, 38, and McGann were involved in a business relationship dating back to 2005, when Bisping was still fighting out of Wolfslair MMA Academy in England. He now trains and resides in Southern California.
Judge Richard Salter ordered Bisping to pay the outstanding commissions, but his comments spoke to the ugliness of the case.
Salter characterized McGann’s claims as “greatly exaggerated,” per the Manchester Evening News. He referred to Bisping as a “more straight forward witness,” but said he was also guilty of “tailoring and trimming his evidence to suit his case.”
The judge also stated Bisping was a “knowing participant” in McGann’s efforts to defraud Australian tax authorities with overstated expense reports in 2010 and 2011. Bisping (30-9) fought in Sydney twice during that timeframe.
The longtime UFC veteran is coming off a vicious knockout loss to Kelvin Gastelum last month in Shanghai. The defeat came just three weeks after Bisping surrendered his title to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 in New York.
Bisping is tied with St-Pierre for the most wins in UFC history. He has said on several occasions he likely will retire in 2018.