Prestige Fight Club Sues Saskatchewan, SMAA, SMAA Leaders
The Prestige Fight Club has filed a Statement of Claim against the Government of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Martial Arts Association (SMAA), Tim Oehler, and Kim Delesoy. The Prestige Fight Club, operated by Derek Daku and Cord Crowthers, filed the claim due to their inability to hold amateur MMA events that are sanctioned by the SMAA, its President Tim Oehler, and its Past President Kim Delesoy.
The Prestige Fight Club is seeking compensation for damages due to lost profits from not being able to hold these events. They are also looking for the agreement between the government and the SMAA to be voided thus ending the ability of the SMAA to sanction any amateur MMA in the province.
Daku and Crowthers allege that the SMAA restricts sanctioning of amateur MMA events to its own SMAA members and these members are selected in an unfair manner. They state in their claim that the SMAA denies non-SMAA members the ability to host amateur MMA events in a legal manner and conduct business in their chosen profession.
The plaintiffs state that the SMAA, Oehler, and Delesoy
- preferred their own interests over those of the public
- failed to execute their regulatory powers fairly or in good faith
- preferred their own interests over those they were mandated to supervise.
Due to the above negligence of duty by the defendants, Prestige Fight Club has been unable to obtain a license to hold an amateur events in Saskatchewan. The defendants effectively created a monopoly over who can obtain a license to run events in Saskatchewan to the detriment of individuals who are not members of the SMAA.
The Saskatchewan government is in the Statement of Claim as a defendant due to the fact that it granted the SMAA, Oehler, and Delesoy their powers and helped create the amateur MMA monopoly by failing to ensure that the SMAA, Oehler, and Delesoy were fit to run amateur MMA. They state that the government also neglected to take action when non-SMAA members informed them of their concerns.
No monetary value is listed on the Statement of Claim. Prestige Fight Club will look to prove the amount lost during the trial and they are also seeking exemplary and aggravated damages as well as to be reimbursed for the costs of this legal action.