UFC News: Couture Speaks Out Against Lawsuit

randy couture lawsuit by the UFC

In a recent interview with MMAWeekly, Randy “The Natural” Couture responds to the lawsuit filed against him by the UFC for breach of contract.

“It’s unfortunate that things have kind of degraded to that point……..I’m sure that’s part of their ploy, to force me to spend enough money that I’ll have to come back and fight for them, which isn’t the case.”

“I’ve got a very good team of lawyers. I think we’ll basically have to get a declaration from the state of Nevada on what they interpret the contract as, but the way I see it, the contract is up in July.”

Couture on the UFC Banning his Clothing Line

“Like trying to ban my clothing line, and things like that that don’t really hurt me, they just hurt the athletes that we sponsor……We sponsor some 35 athletes with that clothing line, and give back to the sport in every way we can. We’re already in Nordstrom’s and Macy’s and all the big outlets, so it just takes away from money that the athletes are getting from their sponsorships. It’s kind of stupid.”

Getting Back To What Matters

“I’m not worried about clearing my name, I haven’t done anything wrong…..I’m simply wanting to pursue the profession that I’m in, which is fighting. And they’re trying to prevent me from doing that, so you tell me who’s wrong or right?”

The UFC sinks to a new low

The UFC is doing everything it can to disgrace the current UFC heavyweight champion, doing a great job of not filming Randy Couture as he recently cornered Extreme Couture fighter Tyson Griffin at UFC 81 in Las Vegas.

If you payed close attention, the UFC filmed Griffin from a lower position as he made his way to the cage, Couture’s bald head could only be seen briefly as he followed his fighter to the cage. After Griffin gives his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Couture has his arm draped over Griffins shoulder, but all you can see is Couture’s arm and watch.

It is amazing how well they planed and executed the filming of that fight, but ultimately it making me as a fan feel discussed at the UFC, a company that did so much to build this sport.

Comments

  1. Who the hell does Couture think he is to say the only fight he will take is Fedor? I have never seen any other fighter in MMA or boxing for that matter, able to call the shots to that degree. It would be a super fight to see for sure, but it's not up to a title holder to say "this is the ONLY fight I will accept." It's like the ultimate case of ducking. Not just ducking one fighter, but every fighter in the world except one.

  2. Jun Da Silva says:

    C'mon man, Randy is a legend he's fought enough people and everyone is just waiting for this Fedor and Randy fight. I hope Dana shits in his diapers, when he finds out that some other organization is making money besides him, that way other fighters can leave the UFC.

  3. i hope randy wins and other fighters follow. Dana did a lot to bring the sport up. but now he screws fighters over just because he dont like them he wouldnt sign Barnett, the contract he offered fedor was a joke, now hes screwing andrei, to put deigo sanchez on tv come on, and he gives lesnar 200,000 name or no name he is a an unproven fighter and real fighters who built the sport get screwed

  4. Screwing Andrei?? Did you see his last fight? Not me. Not the whole thing, I fell asleep. People who go three rounds without fighting deserve no better than the undercard for the next bout. And as far as Lesner, the best guys don't always get the best money, unfortunately. It's a free market economy. If a name draws, he can get the bucks. Blame the casual fan, not the UFC.

  5. frank mir CAN put seats in the arena, especially with those sick ass submissions. but come on, a former UFC HW champ getting paid only $80K… including win bonus… while brock got paid $250K for losing???? shit don't make sense. brock wasn't the draw for UFC 81; it was fight or the combined both fighters that made the draw. wrestler vs. grappling pro/former HW champ. if brock fought like some no name HW, no one would give a shit about the fight. therefore, mir needs to get paid more.

  6. The simple fact is Randy has a contract, he is in severe breech of that contract. He needs to honor that contract. I like Randy but the point is he became an ego maniac.

    Could you imagine if Tom Brady only wanted to play the Lions in the Superbowl if the NFL didnt let him he wouldn' play anymore….think he would be in legal trouble? Sick of Randy he was great but he tarnished alot of his legacy.

  7. at randy's age he only has one or two fights left at best most people would have retired years before the age he is at you can't expect him to take any fight for his last he wants fedor it makes sense to me.

  8. Nate Fury says:

    I can't believe how the UFC is treating this true legend of MMA. I don't want to see him go out like that. The UFC needs to give Couture what he wants and get him signed to fight Nog.

  9. Thanks you very much lawdog! And props for the NFL analogy which is flawless.

  10. I think Randy was ready for retirement and figured he wanted to go out with one last great fight. The UFC didn't sign Fedor so Randy thought that he was not up for two more title defenses. But I guarantee Randy would have fought to end his contract if he knew all of the trouble it would cause. I agree with the UFC for being upset about the breach of contract. But I don't agree them banning sponsors associated with Randy because a lot of UFC fighters get paid for wearing their gear in the ring. And that camera cropping is just stupid, like we don't know Randy when we see him.

    As far as Mir goes, he is under contract so no telling if that 80 grand is what he signed up for per fight. Lesnar signed up for 250 grand a fight, thats his contract, thats what he convinced the UFC he was worth and they agreed. Thats the game. Let Mir keep doing what he's doing and when he renegotiates we will see his salary rise.

  11. its not for us to say if he is in breech of contract we don't know and the ufc contracts seem to be onesided. randy does not think he is and a court will decide. the nfl analogy does not fit if tom brady where 45 years old and said i only want to face the best or retire that would fit.at his age he wanted one more fight and retire the ufc did not make it happen so he tired to sit out his contract witch people have the right to do, you can't force some one to compete he will either fight fedor or retire.

  12. LOL, Roy are you serious? Randy knew his age when signed the contract …right! That excuse only goes so far.

    Its all about the almighty dollar with Randy. A contract is a contract period onesided or not. He knew that when he signed it. Fight your last couple fights and leave if you want but honor the contract. I agree with the UFC I would treat him as if he gave me herpes. He wouldnt one second of air time.

  13. i don't believe its about the all mighty dollar for randy. i think its more about legacy. i think he felt he was done with the sport and wanted just one last superfight. it was selfish on his part and i think he assumed that it would be ok to leave.

    maybe things would be different if he didn't try to criticize the ufc as his excuse for breaching his contract. he should have just said he didnt have any more to prove with the sport, then when the contract was up he could fight fedor. i don't think he thought it would amount to this much trouble and now he is in the middle of a mess.

  14. The banning of Randy's clothing line is another ufc monopoly move. Did you know the UFC owns Tap Out and other lines. The MMA world needs to open there eyes before it is to late and they crush or buy up all mma clothing lines and mma events. If you need proof of these allegations i can be reached at kazja13@yahoo.com You will be suprised what is truly going on.

  15. lawdog you must work with the ufc, i don't beleave anything dana says.its hard to argue the contract side of this but its not been proven that he breeched his contract thats why its going to court he thought he could sit out his contract and the courts will decide.as far as the money i dout that has much to do with it he could have made plenty of money with the ufc fighting and after his fight career so i dout he left for one big payday when he could have had a long term job with the ufc.

  16. I don't like the UFC monopoly right now either. The mistake I see is that people want to challenge them by starting up 100 different MMA organizations. I can't begin to keep track of the names of these orgs or who is starting them. I wish other promoters would work together to start something great. Like in the case of the former Pride owners. They are planning to start another organization, but I wish they would just join up with a promotion like M1 and make that great.

  17. What happened to the cage today pride post about the lawsuit. As soon as I responded about how the ufc kept pride out of california it was pulled. I would love to hook up with pride. I would allow them to use the original octagon. This would sure blow the ex contractor Dana Whites mind.

  18. Tapout is not owned by Zuffa that is a lie. You see tapout in alot of other promotions. Oh Roy.. Randy even said it was about the money.

    I loved Pride im not a UFC nut hugger however they are by far above and beyond the best rigth now.

    I think Pride should have been left alone keep it running as a seperate entity. Have UFC vs Pride matches IMO. Dana is a smart biz man though , dog the fighters not with you then praise them as the greatest when they are.

    I dont think there should be too many orgs. then the fighters spread out and never fight. I want to see Gomi vs. GSp or BJ again but it wont happen now.

  19. Tap Out is owned by the ufc. Charles of tap out sold his first t-shirt at my event. Tap out was purchased by zuffa when 911 happened. Tap Out also shot there pilot for versus at my event kage kombat. I put this event together in two weeks for charles (the mask) of tap out. Jake shields fought toby imada and maverik fought shannon the canon. I have it on my web http://www.kagekombat.com He promissed me the world but then came back to me and told me that he can not help me because the ufc owns tap out. The real story is going to come out now. I have endless amount of proof that tap out is owned by the ufc. kazja13@yahoo.com Before you call someone a liar you should check out the facts. I will be more than glad to meet with you and show you the files of proof I have. I am in the process of scanning all the proof and getting it out to the media.

  20. you seem to have some interesting info kazja, whats your feeling on the randy situation and it seems to me that alot of bad business moves by the ufc are catching up with them now.

  21. Next you will say the ufc created the octagon. This is a lie. I originated the octagon and wrote the rules for mma. Why doesn't zuffa step up and sue me for these claims. I have been saying this since 1993 when I originated the Octagon. The California State Athletic commission tried to have me shut down my web at one time but failed. If you go to http://www.kagekombat.com you will see that I originated the Octagon. Dana White and there lawyers are scared to see my proof. I have been inviting them for years to come and see the proof. I sent the proof to Mark Ratner and Kirk Hendrix one time when I helped in getting it approved in Vegas. Anytime you want to see the true story about the Octagon and who truly wrote the rules for MMA I will be more than glad to meet with you. I have the CSAC stamped rules that went through California in the year 2000. Also the proof I was licensed for mma in California. I can be reached at kazja13@yahoo.com if you want proof of these allegations.

  22. Roy,

    I am in the process in doing a book about the true story behind mma. Randy is one of the greatest and nicest fighters I have ever met. He trained at our facility in Torrance back in the day before he fought Vitor Belfort. This is because we had the only Octagon for fighters to train in. If anyone is being sued by the ufc I would be glad to help them in any way with the information I have aquired over the years. It is now time for my story to be heard and this controling organization to be stopped. I was once told by CSAC Director Armando Garcia that LVAC director Mark Ratner would receive 150 free tickets per show by the UFC. Now he works for them. If you want proof of these allegations kazja13@yahoo.com

  23. kazja,

    I just wiki'd the octagon and it says it was created by film art director Jason Cusson. If thats not true then get your proof out there. I hate how the UFC trademarks the octagon so no other org can use it. And I especially hate corruption.

  24. kazja do you now anything about the fight that took place in casino morongo around 2001.

  25. Keivon, Who did Jason Cusson create it for. I use the octagon and they cannot stop me from using it. What they are doing is corrupt. If I did not create the Octagon why can't the ufc stop me from using it. go to http://www.kagekombat.com

    Roy, I know alot about the Ultimate Pankration Event at Morongo in 2001 that the Mongols broke up. The promoter was Alexander Bear.

  26. roy, I know alot about the ultimate pankration event at morongo in 2001. They used an octagon boxing ring. The promoter was alexander bear. The Mongols broke up the event.

  27. keivon,

    I just googled Jason Cusson. What a lie. My first event was held february 1993. Art Davie, Royce Gracie, Rorian Gracie and Rickson Gracie attended my event. This is where they got the idea. The first UFC was not until November of 1993. In there first flyer they said they were going to fight in a wooden pit. But when they saw my creation they decided to steal my idea and go with the octagon. They also took my saying, two fighters enter one walks out. The ufc first claimed that the famed director of Conan created the octagon. My book will tell the true story from the beginning to the end. You will be amazed what truly has gone on behind the scenes.

  28. Randy's fans should boycott ufc owned tapout clothing if ufc puts a ban on randy's clothing.

  29. If tapout is owned by the UFC then why would ever let another shirt company in? Tapout is not owned by Zuffa do they have interests in it , Im sure they do but your wrong.

    kazja do you think there was other shooters on the grassy knoll?

  30. tapout is just a promotional clothing line for the UFC, but not owned by them. randy used to promote his affliction line; his gym fighters wore his clothing line while to the octagon. ufc banned all affliction stuff now.

  31. As far as I know TapouT is not a publicly traded company so I would guess the UFC is affiliated with them, but dont own them. In the case of Xience, the UFC actually had stock in the company and thats why they loaned them the money to stay afloat, because the UFC stood to lose a ton of money otherwise. Mask doesn't seem like a guy who likes to take orders or have bosses either. Losing Affliction is huge for UFC fighters, those shirts are everywhere at the events. Maybe the UFC could keep their amazing camera work going and blur out the images along with cropping Randy Couture out, better that than banning it from fighters.

  32. Why all this shit about clothing lines and money? I just want to see fights. I cant believe that randy is complaining about money we have had to put up with tito talking about salaries for years. randy and tito are just 2 of the few people who get six figures a fight sure they should just be happy to get double what most other fighters get.

  33. Also i dont think randy is in a position to pick his fights. He is the champ that means he should fight whoever deserves the belt. I'd love to see couture v nogueira but it seems thats not gonna happen. i respect couture alot but i think he is going about this the wrong way and playing up to dana whites stratergy of making randy look like the bad guy.

  34. No offense Kazja, I'm sure you got burned pretty bad, but this thread isn't about who created the octagon. I was reading another topic and there you were again…."I originated the octagon….." Maybe you did, and if so, good job. But please, don't hi-jack the thread to promote your book/agenda or anything of that nature regarding the octagon. We get it, truly we do…No need to beat a dead horse.

    Speaking of dead horses, I'm not leaving one more comment about Randy vs. Zuffa.

  35. Other shooter on the grassy knoll!! LMAO! When and where were you born, lawdog. Maybe we are twins separated at birth.

  36. lawdog, morey, Tap out is owned by the UFC also there show on versus is also owned by the ufc. I have known charles for years he use to date my daughter and they still keep in touch. So when it comes to me knowing the true facts about tap out I know first hand.

  37. Now ask me if I care who owns Tap Out. It's just plain old American business. If UFC runs the show, they get to pick what goes on. Just like the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL or whatever. As I see it, Randy screwed himself by biting the hand that feeds. You talk smack on your employer and they are bound to do something.

  38. Thomas, This is why the corporate world is taking over the American Workers. No one cares about the working man anymore. Now if a worker strikes for better wages, medical and a better life are you going to kick him to the street because you fill it's American business.

  39. roy, I know alot about the ultimate pankration event at morongo in 2001. They used an octagon boxing ring. The promoter was alexander bear. The Mongols broke up the event.

    i thought it was ultimate athlete that promoted it a john p or something.it was a good show till the mongols started a riot i was there.

  40. Move to some socialist country kazja. Randy Couture didn't seem to be terribly exploited with his six figure paychecks. He most certainly helped build the UFC, but the UFC also helped him make a recognizable name for himself so that he could sell a clothing line at all.

  41. This country was built on the working man spirit. I am a working man. I belong to the longshoremans union Local 13, one of the biggest and most powerful unions in the world. At least the NBA, NFL, MLB, and the NHL have a union to protect the athletes from corporate greed. Did you know that the California State Athletic Commission has taken money from the fighters pension fund in California.

  42. Why doesn't fertitta step up and sue kage kombat for using the octagon and claiming for years the octagon originator not the imitator. They go after everyone else. They sued TFA for octagon use. They charge anyone that uses the octagon a license fee. The only one that is left alone is kage kombat. Kage Kombat also does an event called octagon contenders and the ufc can't or won't do anything. This must mean all the claims by the ufc must be false. Maybe they believe if it goes to court all the truth will come out.

  43. Oh jeez, here we go again. More of the same…..

  44. dane drebin says:

    oh krazy kazja i used to think u were a psychotic who in his spare time would watch the presidential candidates through a scope in the woods or sneak into dana whites hotel room and steal his gym shorts… but ur starting to grow on me, uve got spunk boy and nobody can take that away from you. your conspiracy theories make my days more exciting rage on and fight the good fight my good sir we are all with u in spirit.

  45. I am going to go to the wco cacelled thread soon and give you some info how events have been ruined by the california state athletic commission. This will make interesting reading.

    Kazja13

  46. Jaime Cusson says:

    Jason is my brother. I guess I could check things out with him?

  47. Jaime Cusson says:

    What’s in question?

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