The UFC has been trying to sue Randy Couture for breach of contract. With just two fights left and his contract ending in July, Dana White and the UFC organization have been trying to convince the heavyweight champ to get back into the octagon by any means.
Unfortunately, Randy’s case has gone beyond the point of not completing the contract he had originally inked. Zuffa added several other reasons for the lawsuit including “promoting or producing events or programming related to unarmed combat, developing products or services related to unarmed combat, or otherwise conducting any business relating to unarmed combat.”
At the HCF (Hardcore Championship Fighting) event held in Canada last Friday, Randy stood behind Mike Pyle to represent Xtreme Couture and his team. That’s where the UFC decided to take further action upon the champ.
Here’s what Randy Couture had to say about the situation:
“It’s unfortunate that things have kind of degraded to that point…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…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…They didn’t force me to breach of contract in any way…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…We sponsor some 35 athletes with that clothing line, and give back to the sport in every way we can. We’re already in Nordstrom’s and Macy’s and all the big outlets, so it just takes away from money that the athletes are getting from their sponsorships. It’s kind of stupid….I’m not worried about clearing my name, 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?”
(props to mmaweekly.com)