Couture In The UFC One Last Time?
- 08-29-2008, 11:30 AM
Couture In The UFC One Last Time?
Sources: Randy Couture willing to fight in the UFC once more
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Aug 28, 2008 at 5:20 pm ET
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 MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com), 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.
However, Couture himself could not be reached for comment, and it's unknown if the UFC is even considering the offer at this point.
According to one source, as part of Couture's concession to return the octagon, the 45-year-old UFC hall-of-famer would want to walk away "clear and free" from the organization after the bout.
Couture (16-8 MMA, 13-5 UFC), who hasn't fought since a third-round TKO victory over fellow UFC heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga in August 2007, resigned from the organization two months later over what he perceived to be a lack of respect from UFC officials, issues over his pay, and the UFC's inability to sign then-top free agent Fedor Emelianenko.
However, Zuffa LLC officials believe, per his fight contract, that Couture's next two bouts must be in the UFC. Couture had said that he wanted his resignation upheld so he could move on with his career, including a potential bout with Emelianenko outside the UFC.
Back in February, Couture signed a deal with Mark Cuban's Dallas-based HDNet Fights promotion. The organization then filed suit against the UFC in Dallas district court to get a declaratory judgment concerning the contractual status of Couture. However, earlier this month, a Texas appeals court ruled in favor of Zuffa and granted the organization's request for a stay against the motion.
In conditionally granting the stay, the court effectively deferred the case between Zuffa and Couture to arbitration to determine the fighter's contractual obligations to the UFC.
The ruling all but ensures that this case will be decided by a Nevada arbitrator and not by a Texas court, though it's likely that HDNet will appeal to the Texas Supreme Court. Arbitration between Zuffa and Couture reportedly has been under way in Las Vegas since early July.
Despite Couture's resignation, during a UFC 82 press conference in March, UFC President Dana White said that he had offered Couture a fight with now-interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on two different occasions. Although the fight never came to fruition, White has never ruled out the possibility of Couture returning to the organization.
In the other squabble between the UFC and Couture, the five-time champion's employment contract, which is separate from his fight contract, is the focus of a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Zuffa on Jan. 14 in Las Vegas. Zuffa contends that Couture violated the one-year non-compete clause in his contract by having his name and likeness used to promote fights outside of the UFC.
Couture's UFC employment contract expires on Oct. 11 of this year.RcB Since 09-06-2011 20:55 EST, Post 49
- 08-29-2008, 11:58 AM
If he ever wants to fight again, this is what will happen...there is no way in hell Dana is just going to let him walk away.
08-29-2008, 01:01 PM
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08-29-2008, 02:20 PM
this could end bad for Randy. Lesnar is huge, fast, and strong. Randy will have to outbox him and dirtybox him, but will need to be careful as if Lesnar gets on top of him, he will rain it down. (this whole post sounded a little wrong)
08-29-2008, 03:48 PM
I heard the Lesnar rumor too. I'd really like to Nog fight Randy, but if it's a 1 fight deal then why would they let him get the belt again. Lesnar would make sense as a choice because the UFC loves destroying their Hall of Famers to build rising stars.
Randy's usually got a good gameplan and exploits the holes in his opponents' game. He'll no doubt find huge holes in Lesnar's game. Maybe use footwork to keep it standing and not allow Brock to set up a shot and then pick him apart slowly with technical boxing. Randy's standup has really improved.
He's also training with Jacare which can't hurt his sub skills off his back if he needs them. I could see Randy taking this by Anaconda choke too for some reason like he did against Van Arsdale.
On the otherhand, it could look like his matches with Barnett and Ricco.....
08-29-2008, 03:53 PM
08-29-2008, 06:03 PM
Couture-Lesnar would be exciting, and I wouldn't put it pass Randy to pull it off, although I'd be rooting for Lesnar.
People will reason that Fedor would defeat Lesnar quite squarely (i do too), but people will also reason that Randy vs Fedor would be a "good fight" without completely counting Randy out, thus, a Randy-Lesnar in theory, should be pretty competitive and also, a good fight.
NSCA - CSCS
08-29-2008, 06:20 PM
I would never count out Randy. He is one of the most prepared fighters out there. However, he would need to be careful as Lesnar has shown he has heavy hands, and he has solid wrestling to boot.
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I think lesnar is untested and weak to leg knee or ankle submissions. Id say couture opens up a nice cut kneeing lesnar inthe face when he comes barreling in for the takedown and gets stopped or subbed. has lesnar raelly eaten any good leg kicks or taken some good face trauma?
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Either way, I would love to see the fight. It would be funny if lesnar wins, than all the Randy/Fedor bs can end, as Randy has about as much chance as Lindland did against Fedor imo.
09-02-2008, 03:50 PM
09-02-2008, 06:09 PM
Well, it's official:
t’s official: Randy Couture fought Zuffa law and Zuffa law won … kinda.
The 11-month legal drama that involved the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its disgruntled heavyweight champion, Randy Couture, has been resolved.
Thank the almighty … whoever that may be.
In an official conference call today, UFC President Dana White announced that the 45-year-old Hall of Fame inductee had agreed to an out-of-court new multi-fight contract. And, as speculated, will return against Brock Lesnar in the main event at UFC 91 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (not Portland, Ore.), in a five round fight for the heavyweight championship of the world.
The winner of the bout will be recognized as the heavyweight champion of the world and fight the winner of the bout between UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira and Frank Mir to unite the title sometime after their bout on December 27.
This is quite a departure — and a monumental breakthrough — from the ugly break up that first began when Couture faxed in his resignation from a South African movie set in late 2007, citing poor pay, lack of respect and a desire to fight Fedor Emelianenko — a high-profile free agent who the UFC was unable to sign.
He has sat on the sidelines ever since, hoping that his legal team could find him a way out of his ironclad contract. Either he eventually realized that it was impossible or would just take too long, which is more than likely the genesis behind his sudden shift in strategy.
Regardless, it’s great news that both parties were able to put their differences aside and broker a truce. Now Couture is on the clock to get into fighting shape — he hasn’t competed since a technical knockout win over Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 74: “Respect” in August 2007.
Considering his age — and upcoming opponent — he’ll need to whack off any and all cage rust sooner rather than later. Lesnar is among the largest, strongest and most athletic fighters in the division. Couture, on the other hand, is not.
However, he has an uncanny ability to rise to the occasion on fight night, leveraging his experience, knowledge and skill to put together (and execute) winning gameplans. Put simply, Randy Couture has proven over time that he can never be counted out.
So even though it’s been nearly a year of turmoil and straight up ridiculousness … nothing has really changed.
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