Breaking News: Randy Couture Returns To UFC!
After a very public split with the organization back in October, reigning UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture has agreed to return to the UFC, and he’ll meet Brock Lesnar in a UFC 91 championship bout with Brock Lesnar.
UFC President Dana White today confirmed the news in a media conference call.
White also confirmed that UFC 91 will take place Nov. 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas — not at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore., as first expected.
As part of Couture’s return to competition, which includes a new multi-fight deal with the UFC, White confirmed that their ongoing legal battle has been resolved. Couture resigned from the organization in October citing a lack of respect from UFC executives, issues over his pay, and the UFC’s inability to sign then-free agent Fedor Emelianenko.
“I think some compromises were made on both sides,” Couture said.
“All I give a [expletive] about is that he’s back and fighting,” White said.
White also confirmed that the winner of an upcoming fight between interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir will meet the Couture vs. Lesnar winner sometime in 2009 to unify the titles.
White didn’t role out a potential Couture vs. Emelianenko fight — one that Couture desparately wants — but said the famed Russian fighter’s contract situation could present problems. However, White admitted that he’s “always wanted” Emelianenko in the UFC.