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Breaking news: Couture returns to UFC

Posted on: September 2, 2008 4:15 pm
 
The UFC announced today that heavyweight champion Randy Couture would return to the organization for a Nov. 15 fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 in Las Vegas.

The return ends a year-long holdout by Couture that resulted in numerous legal claims and harsh words being tossed around by both sides of the dispute.

"We had some problems with Randy," Dana White said during the conference call. "We have resolved them all."

Couture resigned from the UFC in September 2007 via fax, citing a lack of respect. He also claimed that the UFC's failure to sign Fedor Emelianenko -- the one man he wanted to fight, and the man considered by many as the best fighter in the world -- as the last straw in his departure.

All of that seems to have been smoothed over, and the 45-year-old UFC Hall of Famer will return to the Octagon imminently.

The UFC continued to recognize Couture as the heavyweight champion during his absence, citing that two of the four fights left on Couture's contract were unfulfilled, and unless Couture retired permanently from the sport, he remained under contract to them. In the meantime, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was crowned UFC interim heavyweight champion following a win over Tim Sylvia, after Couture refused an offer to defend against Nogueira.

On paper, the Lesnar vs. Couture fight appears to have a good chance to rank among the highest-drawing PPV bouts in company history. While still very green in MMA, Lesnar's wrestling ability, punching power, and athleticism have caused many to deem him the future of the UFC heavyweight division.

CBSSports.com will have more on this story as it develops.
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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2008 6:56 pm
 

Breaking news: Couture returns to UFC

UFC 91 NOV 15 MGM Randy Couture vs Brock Lesnar -

There's a great after party at the nightclub - you can party with the fighters!




Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2008 1:58 pm
 

Breaking news: Couture returns to UFC

I guess this is just a tune up for the fight everyone wants see, Fedor v. Couture. If that fight comes to fruition, I would then like to see Anderson Silva move up to heavyweight to fight the winner. I think Silva might take any of them out at the weight he's at now. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens...




Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2008 9:14 pm
 

Breaking news: Couture returns to UFC

There is no way that Brock Lesnar deserves a title shot. Lets see what happened his past 2 fights in the UFC, first he gets submitted by a Frank Mir who ever since his motorcycle accident has not been the same.  He seems alot more passive than he was before hand.  Second, he dominated Heath Herring for 3 rounds, however after the first punch he through in the fight provided no imenent threat besides laying ontop of Herring and punching him in the kidneys for 3 rounds. He showed no skills on the ground what so ever. Herring gave up his back at least 3 times in the fight, begging for Brock to end it and he did not. I would have been alot more impressed if Brock had submitted Herring instead of just laying on top of him for 3 straight rounds. 

Also what is the sense of having an interm heavyweight champion if he is not the first person to recieve a shot at the outright title when Couture comes back.  It seems to me that the UFc is telling Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira that they do not resepct him as a person or a fighter if someone who is far less experienced and who has fought nobody on the same skill level as him, gets a title shot before him and he is the interim heavyweight champion.   It seems like Dana White is in it more for the money than the integrity of the sport. 




Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2008 5:32 pm
 

Breaking news: Couture returns to UFC

How embarassing for the UFC.  Brock Lesnar gets a title shot after winning only one fight of note (and not a very big fight at that)?  If Dana White wants the UFC to become the WWE, he is well on the way to making that happen. 


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