The UFC has just issued the following press release announcing that a Texas court has granted the company’s motion to stay further court proceedings in Texas and proceed with arbitration in Nevada in its breach of contract dispute with UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture:
Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has been informed by the Texas Court of Appeals that it has granted Zuffaâ€™s Motion to Compel Randy Couture to arbitrate in the District of Nevada, thereby staying all further action by HDNet against Zuffa in the state of Texas.
Specifically, the Court of Appeals found that the lower court had engaged in â€œa clear abuse of discretionâ€ by permitting HDNet to litigate claims relating to Mr. Coutureâ€™s contract in Texas, rather than in Nevada, where Zuffa is presently pressing a breach of contract action against Mr. Couture.
Upon learning of the courtâ€™s decision, Zuffaâ€™s Las Vegas counsel, Donald J. Campbell, Esq., explained the significance of the ruling:
â€œThe practical effect of the Courtâ€™s decision is to allow Zuffa to continue its prosecution of claims against Mr. Couture in the Arbitration presently underway here in Nevada without any regard to the flaccid claims of HDNet and its management. Based upon evidence uncovered during the interrogation of Mr. Couture during his deposition, we have every confidence that Mr. Couture will be held accountable for the serious and ongoing breaches of his contractual obligations to Zuffa.â€
The successful appeal to the Texas Court of Appeals was achieved by Mr. Barry F. McNeil, Esq. and his partners at the Texas law firm Haynes Boone, LLP.