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Couture vs. Nogueira Likely for UFC 101

(Mickey Rourke prepares for his next role.)

The Natural and Minotauro — two legendary heavyweight champions whose last performances had fans wondering if their days of competing at the sport’s highest level were over. But later this year, one of them will triumph once again. MMA Weekly breaks it:

According to multiple sources from Couture’s camp, he has agreed to face Nogueira at the yet-unannounced UFC 101 sometime in August. The event may take place in Portland, Ore. The UFC is now awaiting a response from Nogueira’s camp.
Previously, Couture was offered a fight with Nogueira in the first half of 2009, but his role in Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables,” set to film in late March, got in the way. Couture was also rumored to be under consideration for UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany on June 13, but a source indicated he would be unable to complete a proper 8-week training camp and would not take the fight.

At 45 years of age, Randy Couture’s shelf life as a pro fighter has become extremely limited. But to me, his loss to Brock Lesnar last November only proved that he shouldn’t be in the cage with guys who are 50 pounds bigger than him. And as much as Couture vs. Nogueira is a fan’s dream-match, it’s too bad that Couture still insists on competing as a heavyweight, where he’s now at a size disadvantage against everyone else in the division.

As for Nogueira, he looked much older than his 32 years during his loss to Frank Mir in December, where he was completely outboxed and had nothing to offer offensively; the noticeable decline in Big Nog’s reaction time stood as a very bad omen for his future fights. Both Nogueira and Couture are talented enough to rebound strongly from their last losses, but the guy who loses this one might be taking a big step towards retirement. Randy may not be interested in competing as a middle-of-the-card fighter, and if Nogueira no longer has his famous durability to rely on, he’ll be a sitting duck against younger, more energetic heavyweights.

But hey, let’s not get too gloomy just yet. This is the fight that should have happened a year ago, when Randy was estranged from the UFC. Better late than never, right?

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jeff- March 8, 2009 at 2:58 pm
randy is the greatest fighter of all time, minatauro fights like the older fighter when dana brings fedor over brock might as well pack his shit.and randy should go to full time commentator replacing joe fear factor
BIG CHRIS- February 27, 2009 at 11:14 am
Don't pity me because I see things difffrently, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and yes the counter arguments have made sense, I respect every fighter who is willing to get in the cage and throw it all on the line, I have alot of respect for the pioneers of the sport, but there is a time where you do have to walk away....Maybe it isn't the time for Randy to walk away, I know to never count him out, he could come back and win the belt again who knows, but then again it could just get really ugly for him....but I respect everyones opinions here, mine are just different that's all.
Long Nuts Himself- February 27, 2009 at 6:42 am
Couture vs. Nogueira: Arthritic War!
Ozone- February 27, 2009 at 12:07 am
this fight sounds fun but its no tank v shammy
just some dong- February 26, 2009 at 10:43 pm
and the crowd goes... away
SiDeBuRnZ- February 26, 2009 at 10:43 pm
I pity Big Chris. His opinions are being owned left and right. Saying they should go out on top is like saying Donald Trump should have retired after he made his first 50 million. It's not about wanting to accumulate more or show off, it's about the drive and passion to want to train and then put that training to the test against other fierce competitors.
MMA Wannabe- February 26, 2009 at 4:08 pm
@ Big Chris

Passion in sport should not be underestimated. It's not about going out on top, it's about doing what you love to do, and what you feel you were born to do. The downfall of legends (don't get me wrong, Nog and Randy aren't necessarily on their way down just yet) is a sad thing, but there's nothing disgraceful about the passion and drive to compete that they display.
cleanshirt- February 26, 2009 at 3:10 pm
haha anybody notice the #ufc...101.... it's their combined ages? JK JK LOL!!!! It's actually how many dalmations there are in that story, I forget the name.
Anonymous- February 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm
ESL, ya made me laugh. I was thinking the same thing.
armfarmer- February 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm
I mean he did the same to Gonzaga as in beating him not exactly the same.. it was actually worse. Plus Randy took the same headkick that floored cro cop and walked right through it, and finished Gonzaga with a broken arm.
armfarmer- February 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm
Seriously Nog is not that old and randy hasn't shown any sign that he's too old to fight. Randy comes out of retirement and dominates the 6'8 265lb hw champion for 5 5 minute rounds straight, beating him at every single aspect. He did the same with Gonazaga who is a legit hw himself and much larger. Then he fights a monster that's twice his size and half his age and makes it a very competitive fight up until he gets caught behind the ear and loses by tko. 2 Dominant wins over top competition and one loss against opponents far bigger than him and you think he should stop fighting?? I don't get it, I'm pumped for this fight and I hope that whoever wins gets credit instead of everyone saying the other was past his prime or too old.
G-Swizz- February 26, 2009 at 2:55 pm
well all the cool kids were doing it!
Anonymous- February 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm
People, Minotauro is only 32yrs old. Y'all are acting like he's 50 and over the hill. He still has a few years left in him - despite getting smacked in the head too many times.
VegasMMAfan- February 26, 2009 at 2:34 pm
@ Anonymous - I concur.
ESL- February 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm
It's called English as a Second Language.
LOL. Wandy slurs too!
BIG CHRIS- February 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm
All I am saying is know when to retire gracefully, that's all. Couture is pushing 50 and Nog can barely talk without slurring...I am not saying this out of direspect for them, or because I don't beleive in their abilities, they are bad dudes with nothing to prove to no one....The sport of MMA owes a lot to them, but when is it time to hang it up. I am not comparing these guys to Ken and tank at all.... But Ken loves the sport too, so he says, so does that mean he keeps getting in there and getting hit in the head until his eyes are even more crooked then they already are??
Just Saying- February 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm
but they still have a lot to offer the sport. and they stick around bc they love it. big nog and randy losing once doesnt justify comparing them to ken or tank. tank is on no ones legends list and ken hasn't beaten any credible opponents in years. big difference.
cpanger- February 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Who should Randy or Nog fight then? maybe, Stefan Struve?

thats kinda like saying, you only get once chance to write a comment on this website, but as soon as you write somthing stupid your out..............i guess you better grab a seat Chris.
BIG CHRIS- February 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm
@Just Saying-Ok, fair enough...but wouldn't you want to go out on top....Why not quit while your ahead, Do any of us want to see Randy or Nog keep fighting until they wind up fighting Ross Clifton for a potential matchup with Tank Abbot in some side show match, I mean your a legend, your getting movie deals, move on to greener pastures already....there comes a time when you have done all you can in the sport, they are legends, champions, and there is nothing left to prove...move on gracefully.
armfarmer- February 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm
See this is what I'm talking about... two former champions two legends in the sport two guys who are still way way better than most fighters in the division yet they lose one fight and suddenly people think they should just stop fighting. What shity shity fans...

I guess according to these guys the only people who should be aloud to fight are Lyoto Machida, Fedor, and Paulo Thiago lol
Just Saying- February 26, 2009 at 1:17 pm

People care about these guys because they are living legends. Both of them have paved the way for the fighters of today. These guys were fighting before MMA was mainstream and before douchebags were wearing skull t-shirts with tribal shit all over it. Also, these 2 guys are both in the top 10 heavyweights in the world. The point of them fighting is to get move one of them back up the ladder of becoming a contender for the Heavyweight Championship. They are two extremely talented fighters. So by your logic, if Brock loses to Mir, he shouldn;t fight anymore either. One fucking lost! If everyone was expendable after one defeat, nobody would ever be able to become a legend. Nobody not named Fedor at least.
Just Saying- February 26, 2009 at 1:08 pm
before fedor took on arlovski, he was 28 wins with no real loses. fedor doesn't catch people, he hits them. hard. arlovski is a very talented fighter. one of the best heavyweights of all time. but saying he got caught, is an insult to fedor's striking abilities. the fight was way too short to say that fedor was in trouble. there have been many fighters who have been a bigger threat to fedor. fedor wasn't ever in any trouble. he lured arlovski in, and knocked him out before he was even able to hit the canvas. even if arlovski stuck with his gameplan, fedor would've also stuck with his his own gameplan, and that was hitting arlovski on his questionable chin.
BIG CHRIS- February 26, 2009 at 12:59 pm
Both of these guys are "the Expendables" of the UFC....Who really cares about these guys, Randy couldn't beat Brock, Nog couldn't beat Mir, what is the point of having these guys fight each other?
armfarmer- February 26, 2009 at 12:58 pm
Arlovski got caught, he isn't overrated. I really think he would have won if he had half a brain and stuck to the plan. Tim Sylvia... no one's arguing with you on that one.
VegasMMAfan- February 26, 2009 at 12:58 pm
I believe Nog will win against Randy...