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Ruling on Randy Couture’s “free agency” looming

The possibility of a potential Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko bout became a bit more real yesterday. reports that Zuffa‘s bid to have Mark Cuban‘s HDNet Fights challenge of Couture’s promotional contract stayed, delayed or dismissed has been denied. Couture’s promotional contract deals with the alleged two fights Zuffa claims the UFC heavyweight champion still owes the UFC.

What does this all mean? Well I’ll let Sherdog’s Jake Rossen tell you.

The decision opens doors for the court to hear HDNet’s motion for a summary judgment on June 2, a date that could conceivably offer resolution on Couture’s standing as a free agent. Couture contends his promotional contract will expire in July, once the agreement reaches its 16-month conclusion.

All parties agree that Couture’s one-year non-compete clause in his employment contract expires in October 2008. Should the Texas court rule in favor of HDNet on June 2, the hypothetical bout between Couture and Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko could materialize before year’s end.

In the meantime, Couture still has to deal with a breach of contract lawsuit in Nevada surrounding his employment contract (filed on January 14th by Zuffa) arising from the use of Couture’s name to advertise a rival promotion (the IFL). Along with that there is also the allegations that Couture made “false claims” which damaged the company.

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