Ronda Rousey has settled her bitter dispute with former manager Darin Garvey, who accused the UFC fighter of turning her back on his management company after she made it big.
Rousey signed with Harvey’s Fight Tribe Management in 2010 when she was beginning her MMA career. While under his management, she went 3-0 as an amateur, 8-0 as a pro and became the first woman to sign with UFC, according to Yahoo! News,
Harvey argued in a lawsuit that members of his team helped Rousey become successful but that she turned her back on them in 2013. He sought more than $170,000 for his investment, MMAMania.com reported.
The bitterness between the two seemed to peak last fall when, at a news conference in September to promote her bout with Holly Holm, Rousey was asked about a passage in her autobiography about Harvey.
The passage said the two had often spoken about parting amicably if they ever felt they didn’t need each other any longer, Yahoo! News reported.
“That’s what he said, but that’s not the case,” Rousey said at the time. “He’s suing me for a lot of money right now… That’s all right. I can afford it.”
Several days after her historic loss to Holm at UFC 192, Harvey took several shots at Rousey in an interview with USA Today.
“I created a monster. She believed she was as special as the press made her out to be. They give me absolutely no credit for the success of her career,” he said. “She’s not a good person. You don’t forget where you came from.”
However, a joint statement on Monday sang a different tune.
The two acknowledged that Harvey and his FTM partner Geneva Wasserman “collaborated with Rousey to chart a path beyond MMA, helping her land early publicity on her way to becoming a crossover star.”
"Darin was there from the very beginning, and I sincerely appreciate his and his team's contributions when I needed them most," Rousey said in the statement.
Harvey said he was glad they were able to work things out.
“I am rooting for her to reclaim her belt,” he said, “and I wish her continued success in all of her endeavors."