Report: Couture and UFC to End Legal Battle

Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Update 11:37 PM ET: Dave Meltzer is now reporting that Couture in the midst of negotiating with the UFC for a new three-fight deal that will have him headline UFC 91 in Portland, Oregon against Brock Lesnar. If a deal is signed, an official announcement is expected to be made next week.

Just as rumors circulate that embattled heavyweight champion Randy Couture would be interested in fighting for the UFC one last time, Couture may now reportedly be signing a new long-term deal with the promotion according to Michael Rome of Bloody Elbow:

I’ve spoken with a lot of people about Randy Couture in the last day.  Things are definitely happening.

First, I can say with 100% certainty that there are current negotiations for Randy Couture to return in November to main event, and that the current proposed opponent is Brock Lesnar.  They can’t get Fedor, too many issues to work out on short notice, and he has a US-only non compete with Affliction.

This will be a new contract, not a return to the old one.  It will likely pay him more and give him more benefits, but it will lock him into the UFC for the long term.  In exchange for signing it Zuffa would drop all breach of contract charges.

I have to say that this situation is pretty believable. Dana White has always said that he would be willing to fix things with Couture. Now that Randy is seemingly on the verge of having his promotional contract ruling go in the UFC’s favor, he has no other choice but to essentially kiss and make up with them. Maybe he sees that there are other fights out there for him besides Fedor after all.


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