Randy Couture Wins a Battle but the War Has Just Begun

Written by Tim Ngo
May 20th, 2008

Yesterday, Sherdog reported that the UFC’s motion to dismiss HDNet’s claim against Randy Couture’s promotional contract was denied. The District Court of Dallas County in Texas shot down all three attempts by Zuffa, LLC. to dismiss HDNet’s challenge of the contract.

Although Couture and HDNet have won this first hearing, keep in mind that it was in Texas, and that the actual lawsuit between the UFC and Couture could have a different outcome in Nevada.

HDNet will get their chance to be heard on June 2nd in Texas to see if they can finally come to a resolution regarding Couture’s UFC contract. HDNet and Couture have already come to an agreement to work together as soon as his deal with the UFC is done.

Here’s an excerpt from Sherdog:

All parties agree that Couture’s one-year non-compete clause in his employment contract expires in October 2008. Should the Texas court rule in favor of HDNet on June 2, the hypothetical bout between Couture and Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko could materialize before year’s end.

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