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Couture Expecting a Court Ruling This Week

Randy Couture told Fox Sports that he’s expecting a ruling to be handed down this week in the Texas court where his UFC contract is being examined. Will he be free and clear in October, when the no-compete clause ends? Or will the two fights left on his contract and the “champions clause” hold up? We just don’t know, and even if we did know, there’s still the business of appeals to wade through after the ruling. But there is some indication that Couture’s attitude towards his former employers may have softened:

Couture said his status probably won’t be finalized even after the ruling because appeals are expected from the losing party. But Couture said he ultimately expects to face Emelianenko, the renowned Russian fighter who scored a 36-second submission victory over Tim Sylvia in the main event of Saturday night’s Affliction pay-per-view show in Anaheim.

“When, where and with what promotion — we don’t know,” said Couture, who exchanged challenges with Emelianenko after the Affliction show. “It could happen in UFC. We just don’t know. I want it to happen. Fedor wants it to happen. In some way, shape or form, we’re going to make it happen.”

Is this a subtle olive branch from “The Natural”? Could he be trying to tell the UFC that if they can still give him the Fedor fight, all is forgiven?

If Dana White really wants to put the screws to Affliction, stealing Fedor and using him to bring Couture back into the fold would seem like the most efficient (and also most expensive) way. Before now he might have been reluctant to spend that kind of cash just to crush “t-shirt guy”, but Fedor’s impressive performance against Sylvia got White’s attention.

As he told Yahoo! Sports, “It does (change my opinion). Tim Sylvia was a real opponent.”

Now that White is personally convinced of Fedor’s bona fides, all that’s left is to make the necessary concessions to him and his management team. If they’re willing to spend the money and swallow their pride (no pun intended) in order to make it happen, it could help the UFC destroy a competitor and revitalize their heavyweight division, not to mention putting on one of the biggest pay-per-view cards in MMA history.

If they’re not, well, then maybe Affliction will get their chance to etch their names into the record books by promoting the fight. Provided it doesn’t bankrupt them first.

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jeff41514- July 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm
randy has a better chance out there than anyone else next would be anderson silva
richndfw- July 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm
@ Charles,
fat fuck Tim Sylvia doesn't have heart. He never stood a chance & spoke in 3rd person
hes delusional saying that he could beat any heavyweight in boxing. He never stood a chance Dana didn't see it in him so they let him go. on top of that he's a tool.

Randy has a better chance because he has heart...
ADW- July 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm
miles-- I couldn't have put it better myself. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I have been trying to make that point to my friends FOR YEARS!! Tim Sylvia is a bitch. He sucks. Any real competition would destroy him and now he has been exposed.
miles- July 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm
Twist thinks Sylvia wasn't a real opponent because he wasn't a real opponent. He is a terrible fighter and the only thing he has ever had going for him was his size, that won him a few lucky matches in a pretty empty HW field in the UFC once upon a time.

Then a real fighter got put up against him (Couture) and it was pathetic. Sylvia has little business in MMA, and I have a hard time understanding why people like him. He's always been a worse than average fighter, and doesn't even make for interesting fights (except when he gets ruined it seems - Mir, Fedor)

Not a Bob Sapp to be sure, but it's laughable that people rank him as a top heavyweight contender, from the perspective of MMA fighting ability.
Dr.- July 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm
Wow, dat comment made dis brain explode. U rock whoeva u r is.

Seriously, keep the comments coming.
Jim- July 21, 2008 at 2:10 pm
All Randy wants is a shot at the greatest out there, and who would blame him? IMO Randy is the greatest fighter out there and is not even closely matched by anyone except Fedor.

PS. Who wouldn't have sex with that belt on, it was his only chance!
xocgx- July 21, 2008 at 12:15 pm
IIRC, Fedor not only wanted loads of cash, but he wanted his Manager to co-promote the event AND he wanted his training partners to all get contracts....what they should do is have them fight a non-title fight...and Couture can walk away happy.

Having Fedor as the UFC champ (with the contract Fedor wants) could be bad. They should concede the Sambo competiting, but require he stay in the UFC.

Dana is likely going to let Affliction die and buy the ashes.
ass- July 21, 2008 at 8:20 am
Are we talking current Randy "Captain America" Couture, or time machine 2005 Randy "The Natural" Couture? One will come out too aggressive, the other too old.
GET RANDY N FEDOR IN UFC- July 21, 2008 at 8:14 am
FUK AFFICTION even tho i earn them fukin 40$ shirts and most of da card was kinda borin cept fo da last 2 n wanted to see vitor fight as well. FUK DA RING, rings r for pussies such as ourselves in da internet and boxers. caged is good ring is bad, i dont giv a shit wat u say bout being more techincal, i love excitment than techincal, we got michida dats techinical enough. dana i dont car how much money u hav to spend u got shit loads of cash. get fedor n smash affliction!!!!

ps i no i spell lik a lil girl so dont touch fukin pricks...
ADW- July 21, 2008 at 5:36 am
A Randy-Fedor fight would only be worth watching because it might go to the second round. Fedor would destroy everyone else. Randy would not beat Fedor but he would put up a little bit of a fight before getting beat.
Kim Couture is a cunt- July 21, 2008 at 4:44 am
Dana needs to get this done. I would so love to see Fedor end Randy's life. And then Kim's.
dugmouth- July 21, 2008 at 3:33 am
Sylvia wasn't even rated in the top 10 (as reported by Inside the MMA, you know the episode that they were both on..timmeh and fedor) and while it was an impressive and decisive victory, how did Fedor become an undefeatable god again. Fedor argued on that episode that Tim should be in the top 10. Doesn't that seem odd (all comments to Fedor being overly respectful aside) considering nearly nobody else considered him (Tim) a top 10 fighter. I know that some polls might have considered Timmeh a contender, but honestly....
That being said, anyone thinking that there is a better contender than Randy should re-evualate AA's recent win streak. I dunno, just my 2 cents.
And now, i'm burning my ramen noodles...if that's possible
Shane- July 21, 2008 at 2:44 am
Why isnt anyone mentioning Arlovski. He's probably going to be the biggest challenge for Fedor. I dont believe Couture will last too long, he's just not strong enough. But Arlovski is young, strong, technical, and practices sambo as well. so he knows what to watch out for and knows how to counter it. Theres no question Fedor is the best, but he hasnt fought anyone of any technical depth since 05 with Cro Cop.
Jeffro- July 21, 2008 at 2:23 am
Fedor will break Randy's hips in the first round. You heard it here first. Remember this when it happens.

After seeing Fedor distroy Tim, I don't know who can beat him. Father Time, thats about it.
kablamo- July 21, 2008 at 2:04 am
Fedor should fight James Thompsons giant ear goiter. Or wait, Fedor vs Anderson Silva at a catch weight of 215.
Bod- July 21, 2008 at 1:50 am
@ Time machine schminemachine

That would be more:

When Chuck Norris goes to sleep at night he looks under the bed for Fedor.
Time machine schminemachine- July 21, 2008 at 1:30 am
Fuck a time machine someone needs to build a cloning machine. Then Fedor can fight Fedor because that is the only challenge for him.
Cue the Chuck Norris

When the boogie man goes to sleep at night he looks under the bed for Fedor.
ass- July 21, 2008 at 12:39 am
...Fedor did fight CroCop from 2005. In 2005. A time machine would still be badass, though.
Aptninja- July 21, 2008 at 12:21 am
Twist, how long was Tim Sylvia the UFC heavyweight champion? And if not Sylvia, who would be a "real" opponent for Fedor? Noguiera? CroCop and a time machine that goes back to 2005? Maybe Fedor should fight the perfect athlete that seems to suddenly come into existence every time Fedor beats someone and you and your ilk talk about how it wasn't legitimate. You know that guy—he's the best heavyweight in the world, Fedor is afraid to fight him, he's completely imaginary and he looks a lot like the guy your mom started dating right after your parents got divorced. You, sir, are ilk.
natureboy- July 20, 2008 at 11:32 pm
Randy Couture will not beat Fedor. End of story.
charles- July 20, 2008 at 11:32 pm

What makes you think that Sylvia wasn't a "real" opponent? He had all of the tools to beat Fedor, but obviously he couldn't stop him. I don't see anyone else in the current crop of HW's that can really hang with Fedor. I thought Sylvia was pretty much one of the only ones that had a chance to beat him. As for Couture, Fedor and Couture fight pretty similarly (combos, greco-type take down) except that Fedor is much better at it. Who do you think would be a "real" opponent at this point? Barnett turned down the fight in japan twice, he'll probably turn it down again.
terrence- July 20, 2008 at 11:12 pm
i wanna see frank mir vs. fedor....would be a quick and exciting fight
dozerh- July 20, 2008 at 11:05 pm
I would love to see Fedor fight in the cage...I think this would be Coutures only chance to beat him and that would be in the cage. In the ring Couture will be blasted and demolidhed in seconds
Twist- July 20, 2008 at 10:48 pm
I don't see Tim as a real opponent even if he did have sex with is UFC belt on. I can't beat him but that doesn't mean much. He has size and some of these guys can't deal with it. But if Fedor doesn't fight someone real and real soon, we will never know how great he is or isn't.

I wonder if Dana doesn't mind letting Randy out of the contract but the precedent it would set could be catastrophic.
Billy Bad Ass- July 20, 2008 at 10:36 pm
Please, oh please for the love of GOD... DANA! SPEND THE FUCKING MONEY! Anything to see the two greatest fighters ever in a CAGE!