Kim Couture -- wife of UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture -- today had her request for a restraining order against Affliction CEO Todd Beard granted because of threats to her personal safety.
Affliction manufactures and sells Randy's clothing line, Xtreme Couture, which is operated by Kim. Apparently, Couture's decision to return to the UFC to defend his belt against Brock Lesnar at UFC 91: "Couture vs. Lesnar" this weekend did not sit well with Beard.
That's more than likely because Couture fled the organization to pursue a fight with Fedor Emelianenko -- Affliction's crown jewel -- in late 2007. It never materialized, however, because of a long and protracted legal dispute that appeared to have no immediate end.
To add more fuel to the fire, a possibly inebriated Beard recently bashed Randy on Scott Ferrall's Sirius Satellite Radio show, claiming he was getting set up to lose by the UFC. He also wasn't shy about saying how he wanted the fight to go either.
Here's a snip:
"Randy if you're listening right now, I hope Lesnar (expletive) kills you."
Apparently, Beard's vendetta reached the point to where he was threatening Kim to where she felt she needed to take legal action. MMAmania.com contacted Kim, asking her about the situation, but she didn't have much to say about it.
"Yeah, whatever is out there is accurate," she said. "I don't want to -- and really can't -- comment on that right now."
Couture (0-1) will face Lina Kvokov (0-1) at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California on November 21 as part of the Strikeforce: "Destruction" event, and Randy will make his return to the UFC to defend his world heavyweight crown against the highly decorated collegiate wrestler and former WWE powerhouse Brock Lesnar this Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in the main event of UFC 91.
Beard will be legally prohibited from being in attendance at both events.