According to RingsideReport.com, the most popular Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) entertainment group in the world the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) intends to file lawsuit against the registrant of TheUltimateFighter.com for cybersquatting. The UFC wants ownership of the domain, they believe they have rights to it since it’s not currently in use.
The registrant, Anton Resnick says he originally had plans to use the domain to launch a retail clothing line. Resnick registered the domain name in January 2004, six months prior to the date the first trademark was placed on the phrase (according to uspto.gov). if he actually had a business plan for the domain when he registered it (tangible evidence a plus) I would say UFC has almost no case here. I still think their case is a very weak one anyway, the domain currently does not resolve and a far as I can tell it never had any UFC related content on it. In fact, using archive.org, I see that for three years from ’05-’07 the registrant did have a site on theultimatefighter.com called “The Ultimate Fighter Plane Poster Website”. The site used a poster plugin from allposters.com that highlighted fighter planes.
If the case actually proceeds, I think UFC will waste time and money in court. They would have probably beem much better off simply making an offer for the domain name. If they lose a udrp, they will likely never be able to own the domain for less than a five million bucks, well that would be my asking price. 😉