As MMAPayout.com was the first to report, earlier this week HDNet Fights and
However, as expected, Zuffa subsequently appealed the ruling and MMAPayout.com has learned that today the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas granted an emergency stay pending the mandamus filed by Zuffa. As a result, the summary judgment hearing originally scheduled for June 2 is now on hold indefinitely pending the Court of Appeals' decision.
Zuffa's latest move is consistent with its litigation strategy which appears to be designed to end or at least delay the Texas state court case in favor of the company's later filed arbitration action against Couture which is proceeding simultaneously, although much slower, in Nevada.
Couture's promotional contract is the subject of each proceeding, however, due to the legal doctrines of