Things are moving faster than you’d expect with this whole Randy Couture situation. Just a few days ago we were prepping for another huge order of Free Randy t-shirts. Now Couture is inches away from fighting Brock Lesnar in November … and possibly Fedor Emelianenko on January 31st:
The long-rumored heavyweight superfight between UFC champion Randy Couture (16-8 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and WAMMA champion Fedor Emelianenko (28-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is currently being discussed for the UFC’s annual Super Bowl weekend show in Las Vegas.
Sources inside Couture’s Xtreme Couture camp today informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the ongoing negotiations between the UFC and both fighters.
This goes against another report that says Fedor has a North American non-compete agreement with Affliction, but truth be told I don’t think there’s an organization out there that Fedor’s management wouldn’t sell up the river if the price was right. Also keep in mind that Randy really has a hard on for fighting Fedor … if his returning to the UFC is long term as is being rumored, then the logical assumption is that a Fedor fight would be part of the deal. All this points to Randy and Fedor being a very real possibility!
Personally, I’m happy as a pig in shit that we’re going to get to see Couture fighting on a regular schedule again. That’s all I really want: consistant fights and decent matchups. Do I think Randy vs Brock is the most meaningful matchup out there? Not really, but I don’t mind so much since I know Randy will be fighting again a few months later (Lesnar-induced injuries nonwithstanding). Against Fedor is a definite bonus, but I never felt that fight was worth all the trouble (and t-shirts) it caused.