Zuffa, LLC has filed a civil lawsuit in Clark County District Court in Nevada against UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture. Zuffa, the parent entity behind the UFC, alleges in the suit that their business has suffered “irreparable damage” as a result of Couture’s resignation in late-2007 and that the is in breach of the contract he signed in late-206.
The Las Vegas Review Journal broke news of the legal action earlier today.
According to the report the lawsuit is seeking upwards of $10,000 in damages. Even more importantly they are seeking an injunction that would prevent Couture from “participating in any way” with the UFC’s competitors.
Here is an except from the report which outlines specific allegations made by Zuffa:
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.
Couture’s IFL team, Xtreme Couture, was to debut in the IFL on February 29th though that appearance now appears to be in serious jeopardy.
Check out The Las Vegas Review Journal for more information on the lawsuit and stay tuned to MMAFrenzy.com for more on the situation as it develops.