Report: Randy Couture back in the UFC
One of the biggest dramas surrounding the UFC has been the legal battle with heavyweight champ Randy Couture. He tried to get out of his contract because he felt there was no one left for him to fight in the UFC and wanted the big payday from a match with Fedor Emelianenko.
Yahoo Sports' Steve Cofield is now reporting Couture has agreed to a new deal with the UFC. The agreement will be announced at 3 p.m. EST and Couture's first match is expected to be against heavyweight sensation Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 in November, according to Yahoo Sports. Couture-Lesnar would be a very intriguing fight but I have to believe the UFC made some sort of promise to get Fedor so they can make the super fight happen under the UFC banner.
Members of the media received an e-mail from the UFC this morning advising of a conference call at 3 p.m. where president Dana White will make a “major UFC announcement." This will be his second straight “major announcement” that actually lives up to the hype.
Fedor-Couture would’ve been the biggest fight Affliction or any other competing promotion could’ve put together. If the UFC has taken that away, it's is a major coup for White and company.
The details of Couture’s new deal aren’t out there yet but it will be interesting to see what he has to say.
Stay tuned. Also, check back tomorrow for an interesting Q&A with UFC 88 competitor Rich Franklin about his celebrity status (and the problems it can present), moving to light heavyweight, and his thoughts on the match with Matt Hamill.