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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-03-2008, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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Mikey Burnett Sues TUF


July 3, 2008
by Mike Sloan (msloan@sherdog.com)

Mikey Burnett, one of the original Lion's Den members, has filed suit in Clark County District Court against TufGuy Productions, Inc. d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Productions, Inc., the company that produces "The Ultimate Fighter" for Spike TV, as well as American International Group, Inc., an accident and health insurance company associated with the TV show.

According to the lawsuit filed on June 9, Burnett claims alleged negligence against the defendants, who "carelessly, recklessly and negligently failed to provide a safe environment for the Ultimate Fighter 4 participants."

Specifically, the 34-year-old Burnett states that he suffered a career-ending spinal injury during the show's tapings.

Burnett served as a competitor on the series' fourth season entitled "The Comeback," where UFC figures of old and not-so-old got a second chance at glory in the Octagon. Burnett's appearance on the show, which aired from August-November 2006, ended years of obscurity the Tulsa, Okla. fighter endured after personal struggles with alcohol abuse, injuries and a horrendous recluse spider bite.

An intriguing character from his 1998 bouts at UFC 16 and 18, Burnett flamed out on the show when he failed to reach the finals. During his tenure inside the ‘TUF' house, the show aired Burnett running into a wall to stave off boredom.

The suit alleges that Burnett has suffered "serious bodily injuries, has endured and continues to endure both physical and mental pain and suffering and has incurred severe medical expenses."

Burnett has also filed grievances with AIG, which allegedly insured Burnett during his time on the series, for breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing for failing "to make a reasonable offer and payment in connection" with the policy.

Burnett also claims that AIG has failed to provide him and his attorneys with a true and correct copy of said policy and has failed to properly investigate the extent of his injuries, as well as refused to pay Burnett the value of his uncompensated damages.

Burnett is suing for an amount in excess of $10,000 for each claim, along with damages and attorneys' fees.

Repeated emails and phone calls to both parties' attorneys have yet to be returned.
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-03-2008, 08:39 AM
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failed to provide a safe environment
WTF, it was a HOUSE !!! Don't run into the walls like a maniac and everything will be fine.

Seriously what's not safe about living in a house and training everyday? What did he expect. I wonder if he did damage to his spine when doing the wall smash thing, may not be the cause but I'm sure it didn't help.

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Wasn't he the one throwing himself against the walls of the house?

What an idiot.

And he's living in a 2-5 million dollar house..... what constitutes to him as "a safe environment?"

He's a fighter for christ sake
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for once, i actually laughed out loud
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Originally Posted by southpaw447 View Post
Wasn't he the one throwing himself against the walls of the house?

What an idiot.

And he's living in a 2-5 million dollar house..... what constitutes to him as "a safe environment?"

He's a fighter for christ sake
Yeah he was throwing himself into the walls, I am not a lawyer and no nothing about it but how could he win this case?

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He fought the wall and the... wall won.
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Go back and watch his interviews during this show...before he even ran into the walls of that house, he always had a glassy-eyed look about him. I'm no doctor, but I do have some basic medical training and I would have figured Burnett to have some sort of head injury/brain trauma at the beginning of the show. Think about it...glassy eyes, dialated pupils, slurred speach...the guy is messed up.
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SO he ijured his spine running into the wall? What did he exacly do to his spine.
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post #9 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-03-2008, 11:34 AM
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Wow, so he decides to run into the wall a bunch of times, gets hurt and sues TUF?
I'm usually on the fighter's side no doubt about it but this is different.

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What a retard... I hope he goes broke paying for the UFC's legal expences.

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