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Couture files for dismissal of lawsuit by Zuffa

UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture filed a motion on Wednesday to have a lawsuit against him by Zuffa dismissed, according to Brian Knapp of The Fight Network:

Randy Couture – the first two-division champion in Ultimate Fighting Championship history – filed a motion in a Las Vegas court on Wednesday requesting the dismissal of a pending lawsuit brought against him in January by Zuffa LLC, parent company of the UFC. The motion will be heard on Tuesday, March 25.

In the 13-page lawsuit, Zuffa contends Couture breached a non-compete term in the employment contract he signed in December 2006. His resignation last fall triggered a one-year “restricted period,” which the suit claims the UFC Hall-Of-Famer violated.

The lawsuit, however, does not refer to a separate four-fight contract Couture signed in late 2006. Couture has publicly stated his intentions to “wait out” that contract until its July expiration, at which point he plans to facilitate a fight with former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

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