It’s been a rough week or two to be a Zuffa lawyer. First it was revealed that the PRIDE deal was just as big of a lemon as everyone thought it was. Then things started looking grim regarding Randy Couture as HDNet joined the fray with their powerful law firm and big bags of money. But perhaps things are starting to swing back to Zuffa’s side. We mentioned that it looked like Zuffa would win in the injunction over Randy Couture working for the IFL and that’s exactly what happened. Check out this “Suck our dicks” proclamation on the front of UFC.com:
In a ruling made early last evening, Las Vegas District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti granted the request of Zuffa, LLC, owner of the UFC, for a preliminary injunction preventing Randy Couture and those acting in concert with him from violating Couture’s contractual commitment not to promote competing mixed martial arts events.
Specifically, Judge Togliatti agreed that it appeared Couture had violated his non-compete agreement with Zuffa by promoting the International Fight League’s (IFL) upcoming event to be staged Friday, February 29, 2008.
Judge Togliatti also granted Zuffa’s request to immediately conduct a deposition examination of Couture regarding other claimed violations of his one year non-compete agreement.
Zuffa attorneys, Donald Campbell and Colby Williams, stated they look forward to examining Couture under oath regarding what they termed “Couture’s chronic and brazen violations of his contractual obligations to Zuffa.”
I don’t know if there’s a clear connection between this legal ass kicking and the following story, but I’m gonna connect the dots on this. I just got an email from Youtube saying that my upload of the retarded Fedor reality show was taken down “as a result of a third-party notification by Pride FC Worldwide Holdings, LLC”. The fact that Zuffa is claiming ownership of footage in that video means you better believe they’re going to slap a lawsuit on M-1 for using it too. Which is hilarious because the video was probably done by a couple of Vadim Finkelstein’s friends in a basement in Kiev, without the knowledge of the execs in America. Haha, what a total cock-up M-1 is.
In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if Zuffa decides it’s going to use it’s shifty pseudo-ownership of PRIDE footage to erase the existance of Fedor from the webs. It’s like “The Net” all over again, except I’m much less likely to masturbate to images of Fedor like I did with Sandra Bullock. All in all it looks like the gloves may have come off. If you thought UFC lawyers were bastard spawn of the devil before, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.