Thursday, August 28, 2008

Rumor Alert: Randy Couture to Possibly Headline UFC 91, Lesnar a Possible Opponent

MMA Junkie has a story on a possible UFC return for Randy "The Natural" Couture by the end of the year at UFC 91 in Portland, Oregon.

Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture could return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship by year's end as part of an out-of-court settlement with the organization.

Multiple sources close to the fighter, speaking exclusively to, today said that Couture is willing to fight once more for the UFC, possibly before the end of the year, as a potential resolution to his ongoing legal battles with the fight promotion.

Red Sweat reports on a possible Brock Lesnar match-up.

In addition, the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota reported last Thursday that the UFC had Brock Lesnar in their sights for UFC 91. They apparently informed Lesnar of their wishes to have the WWE superstar compete at the event earlier that week.

What does this mean? If both of them compete at UFC 91, there is a chance they could compete against each other. However, there have also been rumors that Lesnar will be facing Cheick Kongo at the Portland event. Then again, with the Couture Saga in full swing and the popularity of Lesnar, a battle between the two would make for one of the biggest PPV events of all time.

While Couture’s participation at UFC 91 is far from official, Eric, an amateur member of the Xtreme Couture gym where Randy trains, has confirmed that Couture is training to fight somebody in the near future.

I would love to see him fight Lesnar or Nogueira, that would be a huge PPV for the UFC, especially the Lesnar fight. I just wish the UFC would somehow find a way to sign Fedor so we could all see the fight we've been waiting for.


Anonymous said...

This is actually pretty great news if it comes to fruition. With all the contractual legalities and court time, everything probably wouldn't be settled for well over a year, in which time Randy would turn 46. If he can fight in December and finally be free of his UFC contract he can sign with Affliction and fight Fedor by early 2009.

Gerrit said...

It wont ever happen. If Couture is going to fight in the UFC it would be to unify the temporary title Nogueira holds and the one Couture holds. Brock Lesnar winning is in part because of the fact that there is no tape of him and he has tape of everyone else.

I don't think Randy would risk a fluke loss against someone he can't make a game plan for. Probably the biggest reason why Randy wins at his age is because he makes a game plan and executes it better than anyone in MMA today. He makes up for his age with experience.