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Couture Willing to Fight Once More for the UFC

Rumors that Randy Couture might be headlining UFC 91 in Portland may be extremely far-fetched, but they picked up a little more heat yesterday evening with a report published by MMA Junkie, which said that The Natural is willing to fight once more in the UFC, possibly before the end of the year, as part of an out-of-court settlement with the organization; Couture would want to be completely free of his UFC contract after the fight.

Excited? Don’t be. There’s no indication that the UFC is even considering this offer. We already know that Dana White likes to screw with his fighters as much as possible when they try to leave him. And according to Bloody Elbow’s Michael Rome, Couture’s negotiation tactic is nothing new:

In June, when the UFC was desperate for a London main event replacement for Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture supposedly made an offer to fight Nogueira if he would be allowed to leave and fight elsewhere immediately after. The UFC turned it down. I don’t believe they are any more likely to accept the settlement now, especially with an arbitration decision about to be handed down.

One problem with Couture doing a final sendoff fight in the UFC is that he’s still technically their heavyweight champion, which raises some logistical issues. He probably wouldn’t get to face interim champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, because if Couture wins, he leaves the league with the belt — a situation which the UFC goes to great legal lengths to prevent from ever happening. If Randy is allowed back in for one more go — and I’m not saying this will happen, I’m just saying — he’d probably be stripped of his title then set up in a big-name fight against someone like Brock Lesnar. Not only would Couture/Lesnar be a PPV bunker-buster, but as it turns out, Lesnar’s previously rumored next opponent may be on ice for a while. On the latest episode of MMA Live, ESPN The Magazine‘s Ryan Hockensmith reveals that Cheick Kongo is planning to have shoulder surgery soon to correct a problem that had been bothering him even before his last fight against Dan Evensen, and he won’t be able to fight again this year. Sure Cheick, we believe you…

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prive pyle- September 3, 2008 at 4:05 am
this is fuckin bullshit bc if randy gets his ass whooped by brock then that means that the title goes to brock and then the frank and antonio fight doesnt mean as much. i wanna see mir back on top and dont get me wrong, ive been watchin pride ufc and local mma for years and i love couture, he is a staple when mma comes up, but he is getting old and all i takes is one solid connect from brocks bohemoth hands to get him a little dazed. i wanna see randy win because i fucking hate brock, he is ufc's whte kimbo but at the same time i dont want him to fight bc i want frank to win the belt over antonio. anyway shouldnt randy be getting facial implants of titanium and shit they build the space shuttle out of for when he fights FEDOR
Matt D.- August 28, 2008 at 3:49 pm
Does Randy Couture have an insanely inflated ego or what? He throws the UFC under the bus, and now he wants them to let him fight under his terms. I'm sure that's going to work out for him. When he gets out of the UFC I'm not sure a Fedor-Couture fight will ever take place. Couture has said that he wants between 6-10 million to fight Fedor. I'm not positive he wouldn't get that amount of money, but I feel bad for whatever organization would think that is a good business move.
mayhem420- August 28, 2008 at 12:55 pm
They should just let this happen. Have Randy come back for 1 more fight.
Have it be a big one so everyone makes $$$ and then let him leave.
He'll go onto fight Fedor, lose and will retire again.
p- August 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm
poor randy. all he wants to do is fight fedor and damn dana won't give him the opportunity to. and it's not like he has all the time in the world either. fedor is still considerably young compared to him.
too bad about kongo. i was really looking forward to a match between him and lesnar.
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