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UFC’s ‘Major Announcement’ Likely to be Couture/Lesnar @ UFC 91

Posted on UFC.com this morning:

Major UFC Announcement Today at 3pm ET
UFC President Dana White will hold a media conference call later today to make a major UFC announcement. The call will take place at 3pm ET/12Noon PT. Check back with UFC.com for the full report.

Yahoo!’s Steve Cofield is fairly certain that the UFC will be formally announcing Randy Couture‘s return to the organization, and that he’ll be facing Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 (November 15th, Portland).

Of course, the last time the UFC made a “major announcement,” it turned out to be Lorenzo Fertitta changing his job title, so who knows. But I trust Cofield, and more importantly, I want to believe. Couture still has a few good fights left in him, and the sooner his lawsuit-induced layoff ends, the better — even if it means his battle to free himself from the UFC was ultimately unsuccessful. And as you might have heard, this doesn’t rule out a fight with Fedor down the road.

Still, it’s too bad Couture’s not facing Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira first. On paper, Brock Lesnar isn’t ready for a fight with the resilient six-time heavyweight champion, and he’ll be in over his head; a tune-up match against a decent wrestler before facing The Natural would have been helpful. Then again, Lesnar could certainly win by smothering Couture for three rounds, in which case Randy’s return fight will be disappointingly dull. And would that make Brock Lesnar the UFC’s official heavyweight champ? Weird, wild stuff.

We’ll update you after the announcement. Keep your fingers crossed.

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UFC fan- September 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm
wow, its hard to call myself a UFC fan today.
this is the worse news ever, its like a bad fucking prank that has gone on to long already.
2 of the biggest douchebags in the world are fighting, a quitter and a wrasslin roid-headed loser with no skills.
who do I want to win? can they both maybe die? fuck! I hate em both, I don't want to see this shit, I want to see the next generation of MMA fighters, not some asshole overpaid, self-absorbed, sycophant, and some cock-chested, roid freak who's only skill is being a big jacked off moron with ham hands.
I am ashamed of the money hungry greed that would envision this cock-suck fest.
Is my watch broken?- September 1, 2008 at 7:52 pm
It's 1:53pm Pacific Time. Where is the big fuckin' anouncment?
Dex- September 1, 2008 at 6:01 pm
To be fair to Dana, his last "major announcment" was said in passing to a ESPN the Magazine interviewer. I and a few others grabbed it, posted it on Sherdog and it blew up into this huge deal.

Today, they posted a spot on the front of UFC.com. I think this will be much bigger.
Torque- September 1, 2008 at 5:36 pm
I actually look for Couture to handle Lesnar in this fight. I believe it will be a wake-up jolt for Brock as he will probably be schooled by Randy. All together it makes for an intresting fight. Simply because, it will be the Heavyweight Champion defending his title against (not the #1 contender), and afterward we'll still have no clear cut, undisputed champion in that class.
Aryan- September 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm
I love randy but I'm going to put money on cock chestnar as much as i hate that tool
Foley- September 1, 2008 at 3:22 pm
I figured Randy would get tooled by Silvia, and then figured Gonzaga would handle him. Now I actually think Lesnar can take him. When will I learn?
ballzak- September 1, 2008 at 2:07 pm
i like this fight, itll show brock what its like to be in there with someone who can easily beat him...and it gets randy ready for a fight against fedor, in which after such a layoff he probably wouldnt be ready for. hes gonna need to get ready for fedor against someone, why not a big strong young fighter?
Awful- September 1, 2008 at 1:28 pm
I do NOT like this fight for either Brock or Randy. Brock is coming off a fight with Herring in which he was impressive, but not at Randy's level. Brock needs a few more fights under his belt to even be considered in the same league as Randy.

NOW, if Brock wins (which is VERY possible) then it just deflates Randy's already aging career more and the Fedor fight seems less likely. This fight is just not good for either because if Randy tries to take the fight to the ground Brock will over-power and out wrestle him and if Randy stands Brock will get eaten alive.

It just doesn't make for an exciting fight in my mind.
pd- September 1, 2008 at 1:27 pm
if this actually happens, i would be very excited to see this match.
i hardly ever look forward to ufc heavywieght bouts but this would be huge.
if couture loses though, randy vs fedor might not be as marketable.
bc on paper, two fighters with winning streaks is much more appealing.
ConCons- September 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm
couture may be a strong wrestler, but brock is a stronger, thicker wrestler than anyone in the UFC. I def agree that it should be a 5 rounder. then if brock wins, have his next fight be against Nogueira to make an official heavyweight championship.
ninja stick- September 1, 2008 at 12:31 pm
if that fight happens it should be a five rounder seem as the old man is still the title holder and i think for the record he'd lose against the musle mountain, sorry to say it but Brock really is the next big thing in the UFC. In his first two fights he knocked both men down with one punch, once it sinks in that no-one can stand with him he'll knock every heavy weight inside two rounds....
mayhem420- September 1, 2008 at 12:23 pm
See and I thought that it was about the UFC coming out with Action figures....
I guess this will have to do though.....
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