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Video: Couture’s motion to dismiss denied

16 COMMENTS
  • Evan says:

    In the end I really think Randy is going to wish he had never done this.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    The briefing filed by both parties should be a matter of public record and would give insight into the parties’ positions. Hopefully somebody will post it. That’s a hint, in case anybody was wondering.

    From the outside looking in, it sounds as if Couture sought dismissal of some of the more peripheral theories of liability, and lost. That doesn’t mean he will lose on them at trial, but it does mean that the jury will hear evidence on them and could find against him. Zuffa still has all its bullets. Couture has paid real dollars to his legal team with no apparent advantage. This is one of the times in litigation that the subject of settlement can arise. We’ll see.

  • egad81 says:

    Yeah… It sucks that ZUFFA wants to destroy a fighters career after he helped to bring the company back from the DEAD!!!
    I think Randy is the Martin Luther King of MMA… Fighting for the rights of the fighters!
    Later in history we are going to look back on this lawsuit and say that Randy was the one that started the movment to fix the oh so mangled state of affairs in MMA.

    Its sad that these guys lay it all on the line to entertain the fans and get raped by promoters and guys like Dana White (whom i respect and hate all at the same time)

    In hindsight Randy should have just fought Big Nog and been done with the whole thing.

  • Bdavis says:

    Randy vs. Big Nog……bad idea for Randy. Nog can’t be knocked out, Randy has no punching power, Nog loves it on the ground, etc.,etc.,etc.,

    I like Randy but he couldn’t fight Nog because he would lose. I just wish he would fight somebody, damnit! Enough of this lawsuit crap.

  • Kelvin says:

    egad81…you are bout as dumb as couture…how he thought he could get a dismissal is beyond me…LOL…wow…if he never fights again I would not miss him one bit…all couture has done is lie lie lie lie lie since Oct. 07.

  • paddiosf says:

    Couture is screwed no matter what, i think he may never fight again..he’ll never fight for the UFC again because he dislikes them so much.. like Dana said he signed the contract and he’s must fight the reminding fights on the contract..if he had just fought the last 2 fights on his deal he would be almost free by now..he wouldv’e fought Nogeuira in January and wouldv’e had 1 to go..I not sure who advised him to boycott the UFC but it was a bad move..Agent? Girlfriend? or both?

  • mike wolfe says:

    Martin Luther King of MMA? I don’t recall seeing Couture verbally or physically assaulted or jailed for protesting anything. And its hard to compare a few disgruntled fighters like Couture or Tito (who make a lot more money than their fans) to segregated Blacks. Couture is fighting with UFC on his own behalf, not on behalf of MMA fighters as a group.

  • screwface says:

    dam mike, take it ez :p, i dont think he was trying to be disrespectful, and i understood the point he was making metaphorically so. but still a bad call because once all said and done, randy will have accomplished nothing, all he will have proven is be careful what u sign and dont breach your contract because your gonna pay with your career. and if any1 deserves credit its tito, he was the first one to bring the whole treat your fighters right thing to light. the only thing that will solve that is unionized fighters.

  • justin says:

    Randy was once my favorite fighter, but I just can’t support his decisions regarding this contract dispute. The more and more I research, the more and more I find that this is simply a pattern for Randy Couture. There are numerous documented examples of Randy disregarding “agreemenst” or his “word”. It’s almost like those two words are just not a part of his value/belief system.

    I hate to say it, but I almost wish bad for him, in terms of his legal dispute. I think he’s being selfish and niave (listening to his wife). As much as I want to see him fight, particularly Fedor (as I am a huge MMA fan), there are other parts of me that wants him to not be able to fight, just so he can realize how much of a foolish mistake he has made. He’s being hard-headed; all he had to do was fight Nogueira and one other fighter and he could have left on his own terms and fought Fedor wherever he wanted, but now it’s going to be tied up in court for who knows how long. If he would have never disputed it in the first place, he’d be damn close to being able to fight him by now.

  • Evan says:

    “I think Randy is the Martin Luther King of MMA”

    Might be the dumbest thing I have ever read on a forum/blog. And that says a lot.

  • Jackyl says:

    I’ve been trying to see Randy’s position on this and I’m just not getting it. He signed a contract, he’s dealt with the UFC for a long time, he should have known what he could get out of the deal and what he couldn’t. It doesn’t make sense to make this big stink right in the middle of things. He would have a lot more leverage if he would have finished it out and fought those last two fights. Now he is in danger of alienating his fans. And the longer the Fedor vs Randy fight sits on the shelf, the longer it starts to lose its luster. One more thing to think about. If the Fedor vs Randy fight is not in the UFC, how many people are going to go out of their way to see it? I know I don’t get HDnet where I live, and I’m not sure I would pay for a full ppv with just that one big name fight. I’m sure they could throw a card together but I think everyone has to admit the numbers would suffer without the UFC backing it.

  • ctownhood says:

    Way to diminish what MLK achieved in his life by comparing Randy to him egad81……..

    Randy has proven that this is nothing more than a power struggle and a cash grab. Dana has more of both..like it or not. Randy is not a bad guy, but he’s at the end of his career and is looking to bank any way he can (hence the $80 Xtreme Couture t shirts). I just hope that the Fedor v Randy fight does happen soon..that way when Fedor smashes him, he won’t be able to use all this time wasted as an excuse

  • Bradster says:

    Randy made a grave error in his career by battling ZUFFA. It was known & agreed to that if he made the move he did there would be dear legal consequence. However. . .by no means would I ever compare him to MLK. That is an insult to the legacy MLK had established. To put Randy in the same boat w/MLK is an insult to what he stood for & died for. Think b4 you speak next time when you want to throw analogies on a public forum by comparing a famous & wealthy fighter to a humble & meager man that gave more than his financial backings, time, career & LIFE to the civic distress in America during a very turbulent time. egad 81….you’re obviously an idiot as most of this forum seems to think as well as myself. Go to school!

  • Derek B. says:

    Bradster there hasn’t been a ruling on who has won this case though. It could go either way as it stands right now.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    For the record, I wasn’t trying to beat up on the guy who compared Couture to MLK. No name calling, etc. Just trying to point out that the comparison was over the top.

  • bubbafat says:

    For the record, Randy Couture has already been through litigation with Zuffa in regard to his ancellary rights and a video game. He won. Read a little about the Muhammed Ali Boxing Act and you may have a better idea of what he may be trying to do. I’m not defending the means, but I believe his intentions are, at the least, partially noble. I for one don’t believe any ONE promotion should be able to exclusively control anyones ENTIRE income.
    Part of the argument is over the fact that his name is in HIS brand, “Extreme Couture.” What the UFC is trying to do would not allow fighters from Randy Couture’s camp to say that they are from Randy Couture’s camp. Screw that, I’d fight too. Even if I knew I was going to lose. It’s about the principle. They have already pressured him to change the team name in the IFL to Team Tompkins.

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