Couture Signs Conditional Deal With HDNet To Possibly Fight Fedor

randy couture lawsuit by the UFC

randy couture lawsuit by the UFC

According to Adam Swift over at Sherdog, Randy “The Natural” Couture has signed a contract with HDNet for a possible fight with Fedore Emelianenko. The signing of the contract is the reason HDNet asked a Texas judge to rule on the exact date to witch Couture’s promotional contract ends with Zuffa. If a ruling is made and coutures becomes a free agent, we are likely to see a co-promoted fight between Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko broadcast on HDNet. The fight could be held after October 12, when Randy Coutures employment contract expires.

M-1 Global, Fedors promotion has not entered into anything as of yet, but has worked with HDNet in the past.

According to the filing, HDNet Fights has entered into a contract with Couture that is scheduled to commence upon the expiration of his Zuffa promotional agreement. At that time, the company plans to promote a fight between Couture and Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) in Dallas, assuming terms can be reached with the highly regarded Russian heavyweight.

The existence of an actual contract between HDNet Fights and Couture is believed to be key to the company’s action in Texas. Without it, it is unlikely that the court would find an actual controversy ripe for adjudication.


  1. roy

    February 20, 2008 at 3:41 am

    i hate that it has come to all of this court mess i just want to see them fight.hopefully with cuban behind him he can win against the ufc and make the fight happen.

  2. jimy_dawg

    February 20, 2008 at 4:30 am

    It makes me wonder what Fedor thinks. Randy is going through alot of trouble to fight him, but i've not heard anything about Fedor doing something to get to Randy.


    February 20, 2008 at 6:31 am

    fedor is letting randy come to him, good point jimy

  4. derek

    February 20, 2008 at 6:51 am

    randy should wait until fedor comes to him before anything.

  5. roy

    February 20, 2008 at 7:31 am

    whats fedor suppose to do randy is the one caught up in the contract problems fedor is clear and ready.

  6. Joe

    February 20, 2008 at 9:20 am

    It doesn't matter to me who Pursues the fight, just as long as I get to see it happen.

  7. Nate Fury

    February 20, 2008 at 11:43 am

    At least we have a good chance to see the top two heavyweights fight. I mean we may have to wait untill after October 12, but the wait will be well worth it. HDNet is bound and determined to make this fight happen and M-1 Global has worked with them in the past, so its probably going to happen. I think the UFC will have some major competition as they once did with Pride. After HDNet makes this fight, just think at other fighters it will lure in for more big fights. Another good thing is, these other companys are willing to work together to give the fans what they want. The UFC is refusing to to that and its going to hurt them in the end.

  8. derek

    February 20, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    yeah, i hope dana white realizes the UFC hits its peak and is actualy going down. with the ridiculous lawsuits, underpaying of fighters, and refusing to cooperate with other MMA orgs, the UFC isn't taking off. sure, the PPV numbers are ridiculous, but that's because of the name fighters they currently have. but just look at the UFC now. big name fighters are leaving. andrei arlovski didn't get resigned. tito ortiz is leaving after he loses to machida. randy left. cro cop left. takanori gomi didn't want to sign. even tim sylvia admitted he wasn't being treated well.

  9. BusinessOwner

    February 20, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    [derek] Elite XC just paid one guy $1 and another $500, why don't you complain about them underpaying fighters? They pay someone $500 or $1000 and then pay Kimbo $175,000 and you don't complain, because it's not the UFC?

    The only fighter you mention that left (let go) from the UFC that matters is Randy and it was Greed and fear of losing before he fights Fedor that made him leave. The rest have been left behind by the sport and the UFC knows it. It's the dawn of the new fighter, GSP and Anderson Silva are making some of these older names look average. The new fans aren't lining up to see Tito or AA and never lined up for big Tim. CroCop was a waste of money for the UFC, they paid big money to watch him fall. It's the most expensive highlight reel ever :)

  10. Kash

    February 20, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    I really think Randy was just not seeing any point in doing any more title defenses other than Fedor. He didn't think it would be a big deal to hang up the gloves again and told them that he felt disrespected by the UFC. I really still don't think its about money with him. He used that as a reason to justify the UFC letting him go. I think he just feels he has one more fight in the tank and he wants it to be a great one.

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