TRIGG SAYS COUTURE HAS SIGNED WITH HDNET TO FIGHT AT THE END OF 2008
HDNet analyst and fighter Frank Trigg is reporting that UFC heavyweight champ Randy Couture has signed a deal with HDNet. Trigg came on ESPN920’s Wack’Em Wednesday hour to break the story that Couture is waiting for his UFC fight deal to end in July and broadcasting deal to end in October.
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This is chapter 38 in the Couture v. UFC saga. We knew things were serious this week when Mark Cuban/HDNet officially entered the fray with a lawsuit.
This from Dave Meltzer, Yahoo:
The likely promoter of a potential Randy Couture vs. Fedor Emelianenko match was revealed last week when Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Dallas against Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship
This puts Cuban’s HDNet on the map..
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Cuban’s HDNet, a television station available in only a small percentage of U.S. homes, has heavily focused on building around MMA programming. Cuban previously made headlines by engaging in talks with Floyd Mayweather Jr., the pound-for-pound boxing king, about potential participation in MMA.
A Couture-Emelianenko match would likely have more business potential on pay-per-view than any MMA fight not promoted by the UFC. Not only would it possibly put another promotion on the map as a genuine, significant rival to UFC, something many groups have tried to be but none have really succeeded at, but it would answer probably the most important question regarding the future of the sport:
Is MMA popular, or just the UFC?