Getting lost in translation is one thing, but referee Yves Lavigne claims his interview with French-Canadian website Canoe.com is completely fictitious. You know, the one where he suggests Josh Koscheck was “scared” to engage in a shootout with slugger Paul Daley at UFC 113.
“I did not give him an interview on or off record,” Lavigne told The MMA Hour on Monday. “Those are not my quotes. This is not me. Is that enough?
“I can bring him to court. I’ve got different options … You know, with lawyers, there’s a dollar sign attached to it. If you go that way, it might cost you that much or that much or that much. I’m in a process of evaluating everything and to see if I have the financial back-up to go all the way.”
The ref found himself in the center of a ish storm last week when the media outlet maliciously (allegedly) posted the article to attract hits, while further damaging his controversial reputation in the process.
“All I know, I’m in the middle of this. I spoke with my lawyers, and apparently [the quotes] are down, or they’re not on the internet anymore. But the damage has been done,” Lavigne said.
Lavigne is correct in that Vincent Morin’s piece has since been removed and that the milk has already been spilt. Koscheck, one of MMA’s most talented trash talkers, fired off his own disses over the weekend.
Courtesy of Lavigne’s extensive Googling detective work, it was discovered Morin has had similar run-ins with others as well.
“I read on the internet, I think it’s Dave Simon from Team 990 put something on the internet where apparently he has a beef with him or is in court … against him, because of things he wrote in the press,” stated Lavigne. “And apparently other fighters in Quebec and managers have the same issue with him.”
While he claims to have never spoken to Morin, he instantly noticed that his English wasn’t up to par when reviewing past interviews he has given.
“I just read a few things on the internet, and I’m like, okay, maybe I should say differently,” Lavigne added. “My English is not as good as I want to. I don’t see all the nuance or subtlety of the word. So look, I didn’t do it, basically.”
Now that you’ve shared your side of the story, are you gonna speak to Kos directly to clear the air?
“I think there should be a healthy distance between the ref and the fighters,” he said.