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Hardball begets hardball

I really wish I could dish more about this than I can at the moment but I’m in an airport stuck listening to the world’s loudest bitch argue on a cellphone with the garage that’s detailing her car. I’d move, but we’re both using the only fucking power plug in the god forsaken airport. This conversation has been going on for the past 45 minutes and her shit is ruining my zen. So rather than write a poorly constructed and generally tame thingy of my own, let me lay out the salient points about the whole ‘Mark Cuban is suing the UFC’ thing.

The testicles of the story from MMA Junkie:

On Wednesday, Cuban and the Texas-based HDNet Fights organization filed suit in district court in Dallas. While the UFC’s lawsuit centers on Couture’s employment contract and its one-year non-compete clause, Cuban wants clarification on the status of Couture under his promotional contract.

“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,” Swift reported for Sherdog.com. “A favorable ruling could clear the way for a highly anticipated showdown between Couture and Fedor Emelianenko this fall, potentially promoted by HDNet Fights.”

And the most interesting theory which sounds good at first glance and could change the fight game for good:

Cuban has spoken recently about Zuffa’s contracts and their possible non-compliance with the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. Could this also be a tactic that HDNet Fights uses in it’s seeking of declaratory relief? Inclusion of MMA under the act and it’s provisions against multi-fight, long term contracts between Fighter and Promoter would greatly affect the value of Zuffa’s UFC. Zuffa’s number one asset is it’s exclusive contracts with it’s some 250 fighters. I’m not sure if HDNet Fights/Cuban would be able to launch a legal motion to have UFC covered by the Ali Act or if that is something Couture would have to sue Zuffa over. As Zuffa steps up it’s legal wranglings against Couture, one has to believe that either Cuban or Couture will seek to use the Ali act in the legal warfare that is ensuing.

I’ll hopefully find a less annoying place to nest later on and I can give you my own thoughts on the subject. But in short, this is all pretty troubling news. I’m starting to wonder if everyone fucking with the UFC isn’t akin to the villagers killing the golden goose. Sure, the goose is a prick. But it still lays golden fucking eggs.

24 COMMENTS
  • Dru Down says:

    I’m not saying its right or that the collective outcome will be positive, but it had to be expected. Historically, Zuffa has sued anyone and everyone at the drop of a hat. If you do all your talking in court, then that’s where people are going to go when they want to send you a message.

  • frickshun says:

    I have a loose connection to the lawyer that will be representing Cuban. He has NEVER LOST a case for him. He’s from the firm http://www.fr.com & his initials are SS. That’s all I’m saying.

  • pauli says:

    wait, so dana white laid the golden goose?

  • FRANKIE says:

    What? Dana White likes to have sex with farm animals?

  • andres says:

    Good topic I like how u adressed the whole golden goose thing in my opinion the ufc should just forget about couture and move on he’ll lose to fedor anyways so why does the ufc still want him ?? I think big nog can be champ for awhile unless sanchez lands that right hand or cheick get better on the ground or brock gets a couple fights in or they just buy out kimbo that’ll be nice

  • Lifer says:

    i would eat those eggs even though theyre not lifefood.

  • Mike Rome says:

    That firm is one of the absolute best IP firms in the country, if not the best. Of course, this isn’t really an IP case, but Zuffa is severely outgunned. They are using vegas local attorneys while people like Cuban, and even Couture, are using national powerhouses.

  • spf says:

    With Cuban on the map concerning this contract dispute I think that this just became a serious issue & is going to be the start af a big change within the structure of how the UFC employs its fighters. I’m not sure if the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act is the best thing for MMA, becasue if MMA starts to become like boxing… I will sh$t out a giant choclate covered goose – hopefully It will sh$t out golden eggs…

    This is my first post, but I have been reading for quite a while & I just wanted to say that this is my favorite sight because there is no BS you just call it how you see it.
    Keep up the good work fightlinker!

  • Atom says:

    Did Andres really suggest that Eddie Sanchez could beat Big Nog? By punching him???!!???

  • spf says:

    Maybe if he hit him in the head with a baseball -but i doubt with a punch.

  • Instead of arguing the finer points of their contracts with Cuban’s top shelf lawyers, Dana, Fredo and Frankie Three Sticks would be better served just selling HDNet Fights the remainder of Randy’s contract for several million. Cuban was rumored to have payed in the neighborhood of $1.5 million for Yarennoka TV rights, so there’s no telling how much he might pay for promotional rights to Couture.

  • Atom says:

    Intersting idea Rob, hadn’t thought of that. But, the idea of Dana playing nice with anyone, especially someone currently suing him, sounds unlikely. And.. no matter how much Cuban offered White, the recognition it would bring HDfights and take away from the UFC would be far more.

  • Nika says:

    What a FUCKING bullshit!!!
    did you read his intro:
    you fucking idot and your fucking website with all your gay members.
    “I really wish I could dish more about this than I can at the moment but I’m in an airport stuck listening to the world’s loudest bitch argue on a cellphone with the garage that’s detailing her car. I’d move, but we’re both using the only fucking power plug in the god forsaken airport. This conversation has been going on for the past 45 minutes and her shit is ruining my zen. So rather than write a poorly constructed and generally tame thingy of my own, let me lay out the salient points about the whole ‘Mark Cuban is suing the UFC’ thing.”

  • MacDaddy says:

    I KNOW – IT’S RIDICULOUS!!! IT’S A FUCKING BOOLSHIT FROM THE ANOOS!!!!

  • Dangerfield says:

    ^What the fuck?

  • 12 Atom

    The only reason i think it makes sense to sell the contract is because Randy’s done with the UFC, they’ll never make another penny off one of his fights unless they do that co-promotion proposal thing with M1 for Randy VS Fedor or sell his contract. To not do one or the other is leaving money on the table. By doing that, they also would be able to avoid having the validity of their contracts question and possibly invalidated in open court. two birds one stone kinda deal…

  • Wayne says:

    I think the only way Eddie Sanchez could beat big nog is if he hit him with that truck that put him in a coma…And only the same truck. No normal truck would work.

    Back on topic. This looks like one of them “watershed” moments. It’s gotta hurt real bad to work for the better part of a decade, only to have it taken away from you in the court. By that I mean Dana turning UFC into what it is, and with one fight it getting taken away by some rich Dallas bastard.

  • Accomando says:

    “…What a FUCKING bullshit!!!..”

    Nika please, you’re the best!

  • andres says:

    If hering rocked him sanchez can hahahaha and sanchez has a solid ground game and forgive me for bein such a hispanic fanboy it was just an opinion haha maybe

  • Gavin says:

    You know what’s better than fightlinker going away for the weekend?

    fightlinker not going away for the weekend.

  • kermit.01 says:

    Either way it should be an interesting day in court. Some times those high power guys backfire, the judges look at it like they are trying to over power the little guys. Not that the UFC is the little guys in the MMA market, but in the overall money Cuban is likely got more money in the bank. I don’t know. I almost couldn’t give less of a shit about randy and fedor anymore. I’d rather see Randy and Brock.

  • Atom says:

    Rob-
    Even if the Randy situation was settled, I think it would only postpone Cuban coming after the legality of the UFC’s contracts. I’ve heard him mention them and the Ali Act in other interviews. And I still think that even though the UFC would walk away with a few bucks by selling Couture’s contract, what they would lose in terms of giving HDnet exposure would outweigh the benefits.

  • fightfan says:

    Fightlinker…….

    Where the fuck thee be??

  • MMAinCO says:

    Love the golden goose comment! That’s an instant classic!

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