UFC Files Lawsuit Against Randy Couture

ufc suit randy couture

ufc suit randy couture

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, The UFC has filed lawsuit against former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture.

Lawyers for Zuffa, LLC, the UFC’s parent company, on Monday filed suit in Clark County District Court, alleging chiefly that Couture’s comments about the UFC and its senior management caused the business irreparable damage and that he is in breach of the contract he signed with the company in December 2006.

“We are alleging numerous intentional torts, which have caused Zuffa and the UFC significant harm,” attorney Donald J. Campbell said. “Based upon that harm we are seeking to address these matters before a court of law.”

The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $10,000 and states that the amount of both compensatory and punitive damages would be proven at trial. It also seeks an injunction restraining Couture from participating in any way in any promotion competing against the UFC.

The UFC worried about the IFL:

The lawsuit also alleges conspiracy, stating that several unnamed parties to be identified at a later date worked with Couture to intentionally inflict harm on the UFC.

According to the lawsuit, Couture is also in breach of a stipulation that prohibits him from engaging in “direct or indirect competition” with the UFC for a period of 12 months following the termination of his contract.

Thus, Couture’s sponsorship and promotion of a team in the International Fight League would be in direct violation of the stipulation. Currently, the IFL’s Web site lists Couture’s Xtreme Couture team taking on Mario Sperry’s World Class Fight Center at the IFL’s Feb. 29 card at the Orleans Arena.


  1. Kash

    January 15, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Dana needs to have another sitdown with Randy and talk things over instead of suing him. Randy is a key figure in the success of the UFC and they should show some respect for that. If the Fedor and Couture fight doesn't happen I'm going to be pissed.

  2. ?

    January 15, 2008 at 3:39 am

    It wasn't Dana it was Zuffa who sued…

  3. Patrick89

    January 15, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Yes, Zuffa is of course owned by the Fertita's, but Dana is great friends with Lorenzo and Frank so I'm sure he was involved in the matter if not the main conspiritor in the decision seeing that he is the acting president of the brand.

  4. Dan

    January 15, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Randy may be a great guy, yes dana is a loud mouth prick and the ufc's contracts may sux arse but randy signed it and in business u honour your contract or you get sued. The worst thing for randy is he is in the wrong. the ufc will streatch this out and A) will win in court B) randy will come back and finish the deal or C) randy will retire and because of the no compete clause wont fight for 2 years.

    this sux but its what will happen.

    ps Fedor Vs randy…………………..fedor by sub

  5. derek

    January 15, 2008 at 5:58 am

    damn, did u guys read the fine print? ufc is seeking that randy not fight within 12 months AFTER his termination of the contract. randy will be almost 47 by then! and i doubt he can pull a george foreman.

  6. whodini

    January 15, 2008 at 6:46 am

    randy didnt take anything from the ufc ..he didnt have already he came in with what he had.. then left they really didnt lose anything

  7. roy

    January 15, 2008 at 6:53 am

    the ufc is just making themself look even worse.


    January 15, 2008 at 6:55 am

    wow im discusted by this, dana is an asshole zuffa is an asshole, they cant cut rady a break even after everything hes done for the UFC….wow

  9. kom34

    January 15, 2008 at 8:40 am

    The UFC has gotten really petty with this whole thing. The most damage to the UFC’s reputation was caused by them.

  10. Patrick89

    January 15, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Yes Randy backed out of a contract and is in the wrong, but Zuffa could cut a man some slack who maybe has only one or two more fights left in him and has done so much to be an outstanding role model for the sport. For a man who has only one or two more fights left why not let him go and fight Fedor, why deprive all the fans of such a monumental fight?

    P.S. I think Fedor was protecting his record by not signing with the UFC………..Randy by TKO.

  11. Patrick89

    January 15, 2008 at 8:41 am

    What the fuck! I wish Dana White would quit being a little bitch and give the man some peace, he’s almost 45 or is 45 for god’s sake! He’ll probly never fight again ( though I would love to see him woop Fedor’s ass just to make the statement that he is the best.) , and who cares if he sponsers a team in the IFL? I would love to see Randy’s team steam roll all those motherfuckers. Pardon my French but this is ridiculous news.

  12. derek

    January 15, 2008 at 9:06 am

    i guess randy and dana won't be friends after this.

  13. BusinessOwner

    January 15, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Randy made some things up and it has harmed the UFC as evidenced by the misguided beliefs in some of these comments. He was definitely promoting a fight with Fedor that isn't UFC related. Now he is working for and promoting the IFL. Randy messed up and needs to offer an apology. Comments like "give the man a break" and "he only has two fights left" are contradictory and show a total lack of "business for profit" sense. The UFC offered him a contract and a title shot because they wanted the final fights to be in the UFC. He smelled more money somewhere else after taking their deal, he should have offered to buy out the contract rather than rip them off and make false statements to the press.

  14. smokin' joe

    January 15, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Business sense is business sense, indeed, and Randy may in fact have been in breach of his contract, given I don't know any more of the details of said contract than anyone else who didn't read or sign it. The fact remains, he is a huge part of what the UFC has become and is loved and respected by millions of fans and rightfully so as he is the epitomy of what all fighters aspire to be with a drive and spirit that anyone could admire. These fighters still do not get paid the way that pro boxers do and the money that Zuffa makes would make don king seem a pauper. that being said, nothing Randy could say or do could ever make them seem as small or petty in the eyes of the fans as thay did to themselves when they decided to sue such a beloved champion for an amount of money that is absolutely nothing to them in comparison to what he generated for them for so many years. Right or wrong they would have been better served to take the high road…. p.s. Fedor won't sign because he knows what I know, Randy is as intelligent and studious as he is hard working and will dominate him like everyone else in the heavyweight division-even at 47, better just wait 'til he vacates the belt !

  15. derek

    January 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    if you watch inside mma with bas rutten, he makes it a very clear point in the end that fighters that are new to the game don't deserve the big bucks. rutten says they need to be working those 2 side jobs, in addition to train… and as they get better and prove themselves, or get to the level of rampage jackson or liddel, only then do they deserve to earn big money. rutten said that he himself was working 2 side jobs while coming up in pancrase, and quit those jobs as he got closer to becoming champion. and i agree with rutten. everyone compares MMA to boxing, but the way they pay is NOT the same for many reasons. first, boxing champions may make millions per fight, but a big chunk of that money goes to his promoter and then the trainer. so in the end, they don't get millions. secondly, boxing champions rarely get bought for promotions, except for well known faces like oscar de la hoya or mike tyson. in the UFC, almost anyone that is somewhat known has some promotion. serra and franklin each both have $100,000 per year promo contracts with xyience; so do the rest of the TUF winners. andre arlovski has ~7 companies promoting him, and he isn't a HW champion right now. plus UFC fighters don't have promoters. what they get paid is what they get paid, minus the tax.

  16. kom34

    January 15, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I agree that new fighters should have to work their way up to making enough money to train full time. But in my mind, I would think that if someone fights for the UFC, especially in a PPV event, they should get a minimum of 10 grand. If they aren't worth 10 grand to the UFC, then they probably should be fighting somewhere else until they earn their way into the big leagues.

    I can't believe there can't be a consensus between the UFC and Couture. I know that if they sit down and talk some more it will be better than putting the effort to get a law suit put together.

  17. roy

    January 16, 2008 at 4:02 am

    i don't think this is just about the money,randy didn't do this so he could go make more money somewhere else he had a good job with the ufc outside of just fighting there so he gave up alot to try to fight fedor and you can't beleave everthing the ufc is saying either.yes its a business and there proving thats all there about not trying to improve the sport just there pockect books.

  18. Mikey Skyns

    January 17, 2008 at 3:37 am

    When the gunfire stops and the dust settles, we can hope at the very least the fighters will get better contracts in the future and we wont have to see this kind of nonsense anymore.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>