(Somebody’s gonna’ pay for this scratch!)
The Natural is speaking out regarding the lawsuit he’s been slapped with – courtesy his friends who run the UFC. This comes shortly after a preliminary injunction was filed by Zuffa, LLC against Couture on February 1st. That was the same day the heavyweight champ was in the corner for his Xtreme Couture fighter, Mike Pyle, at a Hardcore Championship Fighting event. This is apparently one of the many breaches the UFC crew is crying about.
Couture recently spoke to MMA Weekly about the mess that probably won’t end well for anyone. As most suspect, he seems to know Zuffa is wanting to make him spend so much money, he’ll be arm-barred into fulfilling his contract. But they’ve got another thing coming, says The Natural.
“It’s unfortunate that things have kind of degraded to that point,” Couture said in the interview. “I’m sure that’s part of their ploy, to force me to spend enough money that I’ll have to come back and fight for them, which isn’t the case.”
Randy Couture has understood his contract will just run out at some point, but the UFC insists he owes them fights. Randy’s ready to take the next step to prove he’s right.
“I’ve got a very good team of lawyers. I think we’ll basically have to get a declaration from the state of Nevada on what they interpret the contract as, but the way I see it, the contract is up in July,” Couture stated.
Cornering Mike Pyle and other Xtreme Couture fighters has been part of the UFC’s argument. But as the article points out, other fighters from the UFC are in the corner of a fighter with a competing organization pretty much at every event worth going to. Nick “The Goat” Thompson having Sean Sherk in his corner on Friday was mentioned. We could list more, but you get the point.
“They didn’t force me to breach of contract in any way,” Couture said. “I simply stated the position I’m in as far as fighting, which is to wait my fight contract out, find a way to make the Fedor fight happen myself. Like trying to ban my clothing line, and things like that that don’t really hurt me, they just hurt the athletes that we sponsor.
“I’m not worried about clearing my name,” Couture continued. “I haven’t done anything wrong. I’m simply wanting to pursue the profession that I’m in, which is fighting. And they’re trying to prevent me from doing that, so you tell me who’s wrong or right?”
A hearing is schedule for March 4th, but we’ll have more news by then for sure. If nothing else, Randy can always go work for Calvin Ayre. We hear the benefits are bitchin’!