Man, Dana White really hates the IFL. It seems like there’s no better way to get on his shitlist than to allow your name to be mentioned in the same breath as the team league. You’d think the focus of the UFC’s lawsuit against Randy Couture would be on the fact that he’s trying to sneak out the backdoor to fight Fedor in another promotion. Well, that’s in there too, but adding the IFL thing in is like ignoring the cake and squabbling over the crumbs. Here’s the skinny:
Monday’s lawsuit claims Couture’s negative statements about the company constituted “injurious falsehood and trade disparagement,” that has led to significant financial losses for the UFC.
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.
I’m especially partial to the whole ‘conspiracy’ angle, which I have no doubt is absolutely true. I’d eat my shoes if Couture hasn’t had serious (theoretical) talks with both M-1 and HDNet Fights by now. Something is obviously going on … Fedor and Couture are set to meet up on Thursday (no ulterior motive there), and there’s even rumors that Couture’s defense fund will be bankrolled by Mark Cuban. Oh, irresponsible unsourced rumors, where would my site be without you?
Normally I’d say Dana and Zuffa are just being hella paranoid, but there’s no doubt in my mind that everyone and their dog wants Randy vs Fedor to happen so badly that they’re all in on this massive plot to help Randy escape Zuffa’s evil grasp. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if the judge rules in Randy’s favor simply because “Randy vs Fedor is simply too sweet of a fight to deny.”