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It’s a conspiracy!

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.”

  • operator

    I thought IFL wasn’t even considered competition by Dana.

  • dragomort

    lol, I’d laugh my ass off if it was thrown out because to not allow Fedor/Randy to take place would be a greater crime than any of this conspiracy crap. I’m just waiting for the full-disclosure to kick in for Randy’s lawyers so that they can raise political and PR hell on Zuffa much more costly than anything thaqt’s occurred thus far.

  • Xavier

    Good for the UFC, sue his ass back into the stone age until he’s so poor that his idiotic money-grubbing whore of a wife leaves him and he realizes that he’s got a bunch of asshats in his ear.

    Go UFC legal team!

  • fightfan

    I can understand taht Randy signed a contract and he needs to fulfill out and find a way out. But I think that the UFC is going way to far.

    They basically, if Couture doesnt fight for them(UFC), want to own Couture and his interests for life. They want control of EVERYTHING he or his gym(Xtreme Couture) does forever or until Randy gives in and finishes the contract. I think it is B.S. They wont let Randy out. They would rather OWN him for the rest of his career than let him out of the contract.

  • Michaelthebox

    fightfan: While it may seem like the UFC is getting too far, Couture basically fucked the UFC and the HW division in the ass by coming in, taking the belt, beating down an exciting young fighter (Gonzaga) then running home, leaving the HW division in the pits.

    If he hadn’t come back, theres a very good chance either Gonzaga or Cro Cop would be HW champ right now preparing for a super-fight against Nogueira. Instead the HW division kind of resembles a smoking wasteland.

  • Michael Rome

    Does anyone seriously believe this is really about Fedor? Can Randy really be such a mark that he needs to fight the man a bunch of internet dweebs rank #1? What do those rankings matter? They’re utterly meaningless. This is more about money issues, and now it’s an issue of ego.

  • AJB

    Very true. It may not have started out as an ego contest, but at this point, there are so many compromise options that would make more sense than any contentious option, that the only explanation is that it’s devolved into a very public dick waving contest.

  • hankd

    Where’d ya hear the Cuban rumor, Ryan??

  • Mobb Deep

    Conspiracy to commit an awesome fight

  • kentyman

    …it’s devolved into a very public dick waving contest.

    I’m afraid that when it comes to this, the UFC has a definitive reach advantage.