Former/current UFC heavyweight champion, Randy Couture, has suffered another legal setback in his mission for freedom from the UFC, and its parent company Zuffa LLC. The Friday ruling stated that the case is to be maintained in the Nevada courts, instead of a Texas court, as requested by Couture and his advocates.
Dallas Mavericks and HDNet owner Mark Cuban filed a motion for summary judgement on Couture’s behalf back in February to provide contractual clarity on Couture’s status to fight in other promotions, and for it to be heard in a Texas court, away from Zuffa’s home state of Nevada where the papers were initially filed.
On Friday, Zuffa was granted a motion to stay, meaning the case will stay within Nevada courts.
Cuban is expected to appeal the decision to the Texas Supreme Court.
Couture had resigned from the UFC on October 11, 2007, stating high levels of disrespect from the organization, leaving his heavyweight title and two fights on the table. Zuffa believes Couture still owes them the two remaining fights as stated in his fight agreement. However, Couture believes that his fight contract expired on July 19.
Unfortuantely, this ruling does not state when clarification will be brought to this situation. At the age of 45, the clock is certainly ticking on Couture’s career.