Codeblue wrote:Of course they didn't pick Brett Rogers. Wouldn't want Kim Beau to have a chance at getting knocked out on TV.
mr_rugby wrote:It sounds like talks between the UFC and “The Natural” are for real, and it’s looking more and more possible that Couture might return to action in front of his former-hometown crowd in Portland to face Brock Lesnar on November 15.
And if that’s not completely crazy enough for you, the UFC is said to be seriously considering an offer from M-1 to co-promote a Randy Couture-Fedor Emelianenko bout down the road. Suddenly we go from a tangled court battle to a couple of blockbuster fights that also have the added advantage of helping the UFC screw Affliction. All just like that. Is your mind blown yet?
The “Couture Compromise” could be announced as early as Tuesday...
mr_rugby wrote:Some quotes from Dana, Randy and Brock about Fedor
Naturally, the talk turned to Fedor Emelianenko and the chances of making a bout with Couture happen inside the UFC. White certainly didn’t rule it out, but said that as long as the Russian was under contract with “another organization,” the UFC wouldn’t be actively pursuing him.
Asked whether the Fedor fight was essential to his legacy, Couture implied that it was more important to Fedor’s posterity than his own.
“If people are going to take him seriously and give him credit as the number one heavyweight in the world, he needs to come fight me.”
White said he wasn’t sure “if Fedor cares about his legacy,” but quoted Chuck Liddell in saying, “beating Randy Couture means something.”
Feeling a little left out in all this was Brock Lesnar, who blew up when asked whether he’d be interested in fighting Fedor.
“Who gives a fudge about Fedor? I’m fighting Randy Couture, November 15…I don’t care about drymounting Fedor.”
White proceeded to guarantee “over a million” pay-per-view buys for the event, and said the winner would face the winner of the next “Ultimate Fighter” coach showdown between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir. Those two will still fight for the interim title, White said, describing the situation as a “tournament” that would culminate in a “champion-versus-champion” match some time in 2009.
As for what he expected the Fedor situation to be like at that time, White said he would be “drymounting horrified” if Affliction was still in the MMA business by then.
sabotage wrote:so typical of Dana White and company to try and downplay the significance of Fedor. For Randy to say that fighting Fedor means more to Fedor than Randy is utter bullshit. Fedor does not need to legitimize himself by fighting Couture any more than Randy does against Fedor. they are both champions and Randy should be acting like one instead of engaging in Dana's bullshit games.
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