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It’s Official: Couture vs. Vera to Headline UFC 105

From UFC.com:

In his first fight outside the USA in nearly nine years, legendary five-time UFC champion Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture will headline UFC 105 at the MEN Arena, Manchester, in a fascinating* light heavyweight collision with Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera on November 14. Tickets go on general public release this morning (Monday September 14) and are available via ticketmaster.co.uk and the MEN Arena box office from 10AM. Both Michael Bisping and Dan Hardy will be signing autographs at the MEN Arena box office from 5:30pm on this evening.

The most successful division-jumper in the history of mixed martial arts, Couture, 16-10** in MMA, has already reigned twice as light heavyweight champion of the world in addition to his three triumphs in the heavyweight category. Now the Hall of Famer will storm into Manchester to renew his quest for an unprecedented sixth world championship.

“I would love to be a six-time UFC champion, to set the bar very high in that regard, and that’s what I want to accomplish at 205lbs,” said the Natural. “That is my immediate goal. I am very intrigued by the current light heavyweight division, there are some great matchups for me here, and I believe I have to tools to win back the 205lbs title.”***


In his first bout in the light heavyweight class since the climax of his iconic trilogy with Chuck Liddell in February 2006****, Couture meets the formidable challenge of Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera.

Couture said: “Brandon Vera is the first of these challenges at 205lbs. It would have been very nice to be the big guy in the Octagon(TM) for the first time in years but, having trained with Brandon and competed against him in wrestling many years ago, I know that he is as big and as powerful as I am.

“He’s looked very sharp, very dangerous, in his last few fights. His stand up is very good, he is very fast and accurate with his kicks and he can hurt you to the legs with those weapons. He also proved he has the power to hurt big heavyweights, and that he can be patient and take advantage if you make a mistake. He is known for his stand-up in the UFC, but I know from experience that his wrestling is outstanding. He represents some interesting tactical problems, but I feel physically as good as ever and am ready to throw my name into the 205lbs title picture with a great performance.

Fighting out of San Diego, California, Filipino-American Vera, 11-3 in his mixed martial arts career, is in the form of his life. Fighting just two weeks ago on the same card where Couture waged his instant classic war with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira*****, Vera snapped the six-fight winning streak of the highly-rated Krzysztof Soszynski. Before that, Vera had dismantled Michael Patt with some of the most vicious leg-strikes seen in the Octagon.******

Now Vera says he is ready to take on a living legend and continue his ascent towards the light heavyweight title. He said: "It will be an honour and a privilege to fight a living legend like Randy Couture. He has been someone that I have looked up to and I can’t wait to get in there in November. Even after my first UFC win back in 2005, I was begging the UFC to put me in with a legend like a Chuck Liddell or a Randy Couture. I always knew those are the sorts of guys who would bring the best out of me and, finally, I have my chance to prove myself against a true legend in the sport.”

Already announced for UFC 105 is a fascinating******* middleweight (185lbs) showdown between British hero Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping and Denis Kang, as well as a welterweight (170lbs) battle between Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy and Dong-Hyun Kim. Further exciting bouts for UFC 105 will be announced shortly.

UFC UK Division President Marshall Zelaznik added: “Once again, the UFC has delivered for the British fans. We’ve been blown away by the interest in this card and, with the addition of a legendary fighter like Couture in such an interesting and potentially explosive fight with Vera, we are confident this will be the hottest ticket this winter. Randy hasn’t fought outside the United States since February 2001, but he wanted to fight in England after the Manchester fans gave him such a warm reception at UFC 70 back in 2007. If they went crazy for him just being Octagonside, I can’t wait to hear how they react when he walks into the arena meaning business.”

UFC 105 will be screened LIVE on ESPN in the UK and Ireland. Catch the terrestrial network debut of UFC: Main Event tonight at midnight on channel FIVE, featuring the recent Couture v Nogueria fight of the year candidate.

* "Fascinating." Really? There has to be a more appropriate description for this bout. Unexpected? Convenient? Absolutely unworthy of main event status?

** Has there ever been a bigger disparity between a fighter’s accomplishments and his record? Will Anderson Silva have to lose nine fights at light-heavyweight before he’s considered the most successful division jumper in MMA history?

*** Sorry, man, Tito Ortiz has already called dibs on that title.

**** Which he lost.

***** Which he lost.

****** Patt, it should be said, had some of the most woefully-inept leg-strike defense ever seen in the Octagon.

******* You keep using that word, UFC.com writer. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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ArmFarmer- September 16, 2009 at 8:08 am
Money isn't the issue.. I just don't want to watch Brandon Vera fight. If you can't understand that then I can't help you...
TheSlothman- September 14, 2009 at 1:41 pm
All you guys claiming this fight isnt PPV worthy are real brilliant minds, as this is the FUCKING U.K. card thats going to be FREE ON SPIKE!! If you dont think Couture / Vera is free main event worthy, i cant help u...
BackbaconBilly- September 14, 2009 at 1:40 pm
If Randy whooped Vera's ass, how long ( realistically) before he was given a shot at Machida? First of all there are a few folks in line before Randy for this privilege
like Rampage, Rashad, Shit! I'd rather see Tito get a chance at Machida before Randy, then theres the very slight possibility of Silva fighting Machida, by the time Randy has earned his shot at the 205 he would be well into his 47 yr, and altho he could kick my ass no probs he just does not belong in a title fight any longer.

UFC needs to create a division for the older fighters ( like a Master's division ) where we would still get to see some of the big names we've grown to appreciate, fighting each other.
Dubbayoo- September 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm
What are you people even complaining about. There's nothing wrong w/ this matchup. It's a main event fight because Randy Couture's fighting. He's a champ even w/o a belt. Second, Randy stands at least as good a chance as any other LH to beat Machida, but there's a couple of other people in line for the belt. I really don't think he has a problem working his way to the front of the line. It's just that he's not used to doing that.. because there's usually a belt around his waist.
ArmFarmer- September 14, 2009 at 12:29 pm
Clydes got a point, the most hyped matchs always fall short.. the events no one cares about are filled with ko's and great fights. That's no excuse though it's still a garbage card.
UFCSelect.com- September 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm
2 great fighters that completely respect each other, the wise and legendary vs. the young and driven!!
Clyde- September 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm
I'll admit that the main event is a bit of a non starter, but how many time have people criticised an event for having no big names, shit matchups and a host of other problems, and then they've turned out to be great events anyway?

But what the hell, I already said that I thought randy should retire after the Nogueira fight (and that wasn't on the condition that he lost either). The thing that gets me is, he's signed up for 6 fights now, and if he looses this one, what the hell will he do for the remaining 5? I just don't see him as having anywhere else to go now.
ArmFarmer- September 14, 2009 at 11:33 am
Maybe they meant fascinating as in all of us are fascinated by the fact that a fight this useless and uninteresting has been booked as a main event? Or fascinating in that the entire pay per view doesn't contain a single fighter that's anywhere near being considered a contender? In that regard, UFC 105 is completely and utterly fascinating to the fans.
Koeikan- September 14, 2009 at 11:13 am
@Bringbackbabalu: "He is not very successful at anything." You're *truly* an idiot.
Koeikan- September 14, 2009 at 11:11 am
Fuck you Randy haters... Shit on Vera all you want, but you turncoat motherfuckers ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

ArmFarmer- September 14, 2009 at 10:43 am
@ Smitty
I would enjoy seeing Bisping ko'd again, but he could also win and that would suck to watch. Just imagine if Brandon Vera wins a shitty decision or a lucky tko becasue Randys chin has turned to glass.. AND Bisping pulls out the win.. I don't know if I could ever forgive Dana and Joe Silva for making me watch that.

All that aside though, it would be nice if they threw in at least ONE fight that had some kind of distant relevance to a title. When you put on a ufc ppv and a 46 year old that's coming off of 2 straight losses and fighting at a new weightclass is the closest guy on the card to a title shot.. you're doing something wrong.
Shatski- September 14, 2009 at 10:43 am
Nice reference there at the end of the article. It did seem like they were just using some filer word. I don't think even the writer for that article on UFC.com could bear to use a word like, "exciting," or "thrilling," or even "compelling."
Dubbayoo- September 14, 2009 at 10:34 am
What the hell is wrong w/ you people. Shitting on Randy Couture. A Couture 16-10 is not the same as someone else's 16-10. Why? Because 95% of these fights were for a belt. This is when someone's supposed to say "well Fedor fought for a belt a lot and is undefeated." But now you can't because I said it.

Randy sucks cuz he doesn't have a belt, right?
MGalactic- September 14, 2009 at 10:33 am
I hate to say it, but Randy is starting to grate on my nerves a bit. Imagine: 16-11.
MGalactic- September 14, 2009 at 10:28 am
Lame Lame Lame.

WHO wants to see this fight? WHO?


Bringbackbabalu- September 14, 2009 at 10:16 am
Very bad fight. Very bad idea for Handy, as well. He has no striking, and he has yet to beat anyone decent. Handy is very good at taking avdantage of oppurtunities like he did against Tim when he won the HW title. But against top guys like Machida, or Shogun, Rampage, Rashad....he will get smashed in the first round...mark my words. He is not very successful at anything, imho, except selling tickets and PPVs and making people watch. He is no Dan Henderson, he wasn't even a good champion in any division. Just stfu about all the Handy love and admit the guy is basically the king of cans...I don't see him beating anyone that is a legit top 10 in mw, lhw, or HW I mean cmon they have been hand feeding him for soooo long. Brock looked atrocious, and he couldn't even make a good showing for that fight. The Vera fight is either going to be a 3 round bore-fest where Handy lays in his guard and does nothing, or if Handy actually engages he will probably get KOd within 1 strike from Vera. Vera is a lot more lethal than Brock standing, just because people haven't seen it in a while /cough some people don't even seem to know who Brandon Vera is.... "just hope for the old guy's sake he turns in a convincing performance. He's arguably better in the clinch, significantly better on the ground, has better strikes," haha TUF ftw!!! Anyway, it's an ok fight but ffs it is not a main event for a UFC, international or not...if they can't put on a decent show overseas make them fight nights or give them their own class of new show and make em all free on Spike...big fail again by the UFC...give them 6 months and they may finally see how wrong they were, like always...god, imagine how big the UFC would be if it wasn't run by a bunch of clowns
steampunk22- September 14, 2009 at 9:41 am
like i said in the previous Randy/Vera post, this is sort of a lose lose situation for Couture, unless he turns in a dominating performance. Vera is unlikely to push the action, hasnt been throwing those apparently famous leg kicks in his last few fights, and hasn't looked like a top tier fighter pretty much since his debut in the UFC.

If couture loses, thats just embarrassing.

I just hope for the old guy's sake he turns in a convincing performance. He's arguably better in the clinch, significantly better on the ground, has better strikes, can check leg kicks pretty well, and will have the crowd on his side. Soooooooo he shooooooould win........right? Right?
BuckWild- September 14, 2009 at 8:53 am
Yes Randy is a main even fighter but.. come on ! give us a little more variety from one even to the next...
BuckWild- September 14, 2009 at 8:51 am
True dat dropkick... true dat!
dropkick101- September 14, 2009 at 8:49 am
Good thing is Randy should finally get back in the win column. I'll cry myself to sleep if Vera pulls out the win.
Smitty- September 14, 2009 at 8:45 am
I feel you ArmFarmer, but I wouldn't go so far as to give up on 105. I too wanna see Kang hand Bisping his 2nd straight ko, and Dan Hardy is always an exciting fighter to watch. I'm sure they'll add another good fight that will start to change some peoples minds.
ArmFarmer- September 14, 2009 at 8:26 am
Randy Couture IS a main event fighter.. the problem is Brandon Vera isn't. The most impressive thing Vera has done is talk about himself like he's gods gift to mma, but apparently that can cary you through terrible and boring performances including losses to the likes of Tim Sylvia and Keith Jardine and land you a main event. Honestly why does the ufc think anyone gives a fuck about Vera? The guy hasn't had an entertaining fight in years.

Randy vs a legit and exciting 205 lbr would be fine for a main event. Vera in a main event is insulting. The guy over hyped himself, isn't anything special, and worst of all he's boring as fuck to watch.

Fuck ufc 105
BuckWild- September 14, 2009 at 8:16 am
I think the UFC is making a mistake putting on 2 Events in a row with the same main event fighter. Plus.. the rest of the card isn't as good as it should be.

I think they should pull the main fight or throw in a co main event with some good reserve fighters.

or maybe put someone in there new that has peaked our interest in the past.. What was that Big young guy that got the fast KO victory in the last UFC??? Anyway.. they need to make some changes for sure or this will be very underwhelming...
baldmidget- September 14, 2009 at 8:12 am
Terrible. An irrelevant fighter against a never will be with delusions of adequacy.

Not too long ago people were clamoring for a Randy Fedor match now we have him fighting this troll. lmao.. how the mighty have fallen.
KillDozer- September 14, 2009 at 8:09 am
16-10????? Holy shit. Randy's record sucks balls. Does he have the shittiest record in the UFC or what?
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