Brandon Vera. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
— UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture will indeed drop down to 205 lbs to meet Brandon Vera in the main event of UFC 105 on November 15. The UFC officially announced the bout today. Couture (16-10) will fight at light heavyweight for the first time since suffering his second straight loss to former champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 57 and entering a temporary retirement. [UFC.com]
— Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and Japanese MMA pioneer Rumina Sato have been announced as participants Vale Tudo Japan 2009 on October 30, the first time the event will be held in nearly ten years. According to Gomi, the fight will be his last in his native country of Japan. A featherweight bout between Takeshi Inoue and Alexandre Franca Nogueira will also take place at the show. [Sherdog.com]
Savant Young. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com
Shooto featherweight title contender Takeshi Inoue will be back in action next month as he takes on International Fight League veteran Savant Young at the Japanese organization’s upcoming “Road to 20th Anniversary” show on May 3rd.
The promotion announced the fight over the weekend.
Inoue has won eight out of his last nine bouts and is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. His last loss came at the hands of rival Akitoshi Tamura last May. Inoue’s most recent fight was a unanimous decision win over Katsuya Toida in November.
Young will fight for the first time since spending a year as a member of the IFL’s Tokyo Dragons, with whom he racked up a record of 2-2. The California native has not fought since August of last year, losing a unanimous decision to Deividas Taurosevicius.
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai will attempt to keep his current five-fight winning streak intact when he takes on fellow PRIDE veteran David Baron in another featured fight at the event.
The current card for the show looks like this:
Hayato Sakurai vs. David Baron
Akitoshi Tamura vs. Rumina Sato
Takeshi Inoue vs. Savant Young
Takashi Nakakura vs. Ganjo Tentsuku
Ryuichi Miki vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani
Hayate Usui vs. Sakae Kasuya
Katsuya Murofushi vs. Shinpei Tahara
HT: MMA Man Japan