Kim Couture, wife and business partner of UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, has filed a lawsuit and been granted a temporary restraining order in a Las Vegas court against Affliction CEO Todd Beard, according to a report by MMAPayout.com.
“The suit alleges that Beard threatened Couture and seeks a restraining order preventing Beard or others working in concert with Beard from interacting, communicating and/or having any contact with Couture, including attending the events surrounding UFC 91 this weekend at the MGM Grand. A temporary restraining order was granted by a judge this morning,” read the report.
The threat allegedly took place after Randy Couture decided to rejoin the ranks of the UFC. He will defend his heavyweight title on Saturday night at UFC 91 against Brock Lesnar.
Kim Couture told MMAWeekly.com, “Yes, it is true. The reports are accurate, but I’m not able to comment further at this time.”
Affliction and Randy Couture are partners in the Xtreme Couture line of clothing, and evidently, Beard did not take kindly to Couture’s return to the UFC. Affliction also runs its own mixed martial arts promotion and is not allowed to promote it or Couture’s clothing line at UFC events.
While appearing on the Scott Ferrall radio show shortly after Couture re-signed with the UFC, Beard made a bold statement about Couture regarding his match-up against Lesnar.
“Randy, if you’re listening right now, I hope (expletive) Lesnar kills you,” Beard stated.
The lawsuit also reportedly includes a private background check on Beard that allegedly unearthed several past felonies with prison time served, according to MMAPayout.