Mark Cuban Sues Zuffa Over Couture’s Contract

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I bet you didn’t see this one coming, Mark Cuban owner of HDNet and the Dallas Mavericks basket ball team has filed suit against UFC owners, Zuffa LLC. According to Adam Swift, Cuban is trying to get the court to make a ruling on when Randy Couture’s contract ends with Zuffa.

With the mixed martial arts industry focused on the Zuffa v. Couture proceedings scheduled to begin with a preliminary hearing March 4 in Las Vegas, billionaire Mark Cuban and his HDNet Fights company has quietly entered the fray, opening a second front in the Couture-UFC war, has learned.

On Wednesday, in district court in Dallas, HDNet Fights filed suit against Zuffa seeking a declaratory judgment concerning the contractual status of Couture under his Zuffa promotional contract. In an ironic twist, Zuffa’s co-defendant in the suit is technically none other than Couture himself.

What Cuban wants from the Lawsuit:

The lawsuit filed by HDNet Fights asks the Texas court to provide the company with declaratory relief — a ruling on when Couture’s promotional contract will expire. A favorable ruling could clear the way for a highly anticipated showdown between Couture and Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) this fall, potentially promoted by HDNet Fights.

“Sue and Be Sued”

Forget the Lawsuits and have Dana White take on Randy Couture in a boxing match, just like the one he had scheduled with Tito Ortiz on SpikeTV. If Dana wins Couture stays and fights Nogueira, if Couture wins Dana tears up Couture’s contract.

And just for some excitement, Couture must fight with one hand tied behind his back.


  1. Scooby Doo

    February 15, 2008 at 3:54 am

    that would be a excellent way of ending this injuction sue crap, and We could see the match we All MMA fans have been waiting for Couture VS Fedor

  2. Thomas

    February 15, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Like I said on the other thread, this is how billionaires fight. Now the two 800 pound gorillas have squared off against each other. Looks pretty obvious now who will broadcast the Randy v. Fedor fight whenever it does happen. And who ever doubted it would happen? It is just a matter of how long we have to wait: for the end of the fight contract or the end of the commentator contract.

  3. Realwun

    February 15, 2008 at 7:56 am

    I'm glad Cuban did this because it will force the UFC to set a date for when Randy will be clear of his contract.

  4. derek

    February 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    thank you mark cuban for stepping up. mark cuban is a billionaire for those that don't know. his money rivals the billionaire status of the fertitas.

  5. dane drebin

    February 15, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    hahaha why did they get the wierdest pic of him for this lol he looks like such a creeper in that pic

  6. Kash

    February 15, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Lol yeah. He looks like he's cooking up a scheme in that pic. Probably a scheme to become the next big thing in MMA.

  7. keys

    February 16, 2008 at 11:49 am

    i agree it's only a matter of time ,til we see two of the best go.

  8. Sandmankc

    February 17, 2008 at 6:19 am

    When it's all said and done…………… " IT IS ALL OVER !!!! " Randy Couture has just knocked out Fedor..Randy has won !!!!! Randy has done it!!!!! RANDY COUTURE IS THE BADDEST MAN WALKING THE PLANET !!!!!!! HIDE AND WATCH………………

  9. Nate Fury

    February 17, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Mark Cuban is a genius! I mean what better way to compete with UFC than to get free air time and attempt to host the most anticipated fight today. If HDNet gets this fight between Couture and Fedor then look out UFC! They would then have some major competition. I mean UFC didnt want to comete with Pride to they bought them out. Mark Cuban has more money that he knows what to do with and he won't sell out like Pride did. We just might be looking at the future organization wars in MMA. Also, if Cuban lands this fight then more fighters that have been or will be screwed over by the UFC will go work for Cuban to overrun the UFC. Guys like Ortiz, Sylvia, Arlovski, and Cro Cop.

  10. brian

    February 19, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    true we need a man like cuban

  11. Thomas

    February 19, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    You UFC haters crack me up! You think that if Mark Cuban climbs to the top of the MMA hill that he won't be just as greedy and monopolizing as the Fertitas? Just look at how he runs the Mavericks. Nobody becomes a billionaire without being greedy.

  12. brian

    February 20, 2008 at 5:34 am

    Great! Get rid of that monopolizing UFC. Cuban may be the man to clean up the sport. This will increase fighters salaries because there will be competition again. The only thing he has to worry about is now the Athletic Commissions.

  13. Thomas

    February 20, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Clean up the sport?? Have there been accusations of people taking a dive that I didn't hear about?

  14. brian

    February 20, 2008 at 8:17 am

    I saw Josh Gross writer for Full Contact Fighter/Sherdog comment on Fox 11. He said in California that mma fights off Indian Reservations are worked fights. He said they are not real fights but are made to look real.

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