It’s not over yet, but Randy Couture’s chances of winning a favorable decision on the status of his promotional (fight) contract with Zuffa just got better. With Mark Cuban’s help and an apparent pending contract waiting in the wings, HDNet was able to file suit seeking a declaratory judgment on Couture’s contract on February 13 in Texas, where Couture stands a much better chance of winning than in Nevada, a state where the Fertittas and the UFC (Zuffa) have home-field advantage.
It appears Zuffa filed motions to stay, dismiss, and/or delay HDNet’s motion of summary judgment on April 21, all of which Judge Carl Ginsberg denied earlier today. Zuffa’s motions were designed to allow a judgment in Nevada to be ruled upon first. According to Adam Swift of MMAPayout.com, whichever state rules first will likely decide the fate of Randy Couture’s involvement with the UFC.
June 2 marks the date of the summary judgment hearing in Texas.
Attention will now shift to June 2 when the court will hear HDNet’s motion for summary judgment. The hearing will represent the first time in the eight month dispute that Couture’s fight contract will be directly at issue in a judicial proceeding. A favorable ruling could clear the way for Couture-Emeilianenko later this year promoted by HDNet Fights.
One step closer to Randy Couture vs. Fedor Emelianenko.