Kim Couture. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Kim Couture, the wife of current UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, has reportedly filed for, and was granted, a temporary restraining order against Affliction figurehead Todd Beard, who has apparently made threats against the Couture family in the weeks following Randy’s decision to part ways with the clothing brand:
Randy and wife Kim claim Affliction Prez Todd Beard has been on a campaign of terror against them since they asked for an accounting of profits. A Las Vegas judge just issued a temporary restraining order, prohibiting Beard from going near Kim, and that includes going near the MGM Grand when Randy fights this Saturday. And Beard can’t go to the hotel during the weigh-in the day before either.
According to Kim Couture’s declaration, Beard has made “a series of threats and acts intended to intimidate me and otherwise coerce me to ‘back off.’”
She goes on: “My fear of Mr. Beard is well-founded given his extensive criminal history. Not only has he been convicted of numerous state and federal felonies relating to fraud ...he has engaged in numerous acts of violence, including violence against women.”
The beef between Beard and the Couture’s began after Randy decided to return to the UFC, putting any chances of a Couture-Fedor super fight on the backburner. Following Couture’s decision to part ways with Affliction as a business partner, Beard began making some choice remarks about Couture, including telling ESPN Radio’s Steve Cofield that he hoped “Brock Lesnar [expletive] kills Randy when they fight.”
MMA Payout has more details here and it seems that Beard has a longstanding criminal record, which I’m sure made the restraining order a no-brainer in both the Couture’s and the judges’ minds. It’s a good bet that unless Beard is gone, Randy won’t be doing any kind of business with Affliction in the near future.
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