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Randy Couture could fight Fedor in Oct. ’08

Current UFC heavyweight champion, Randy Couture was cornering a few of his fighters at yesterday’s HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon and in the post-event press conference, he was quizzed once again on a possible fight with Emelianenko.

Couture stated he still wants to fight Fedor and that his current UFC contract will expire in July and his broadcasting contract will expire in October, which of course would make October the earliest date he could fight Fedor, outside of the UFC.

Unless the UFC wants to do a co-promotion with M-1 and make the Fedor fight happen, I’m going to have to wait ’til my contract expires.

I have no intention of breaching that contract; that expires in July. My employment contract expires with them in October. So I would assume the soonest you’d see me fight Emelianenko would be in October.

When asked about the upcoming fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Hong Man Choi, Randy said that Choi would have a puncher’s chance, but that he would he would be hoping the Russian would prevail.

I hope it goes successfully for him because I want to be the first one to beat him


  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Is Couture really done with his contract in July, or is that just his interpretation of it? I was left with the impression that he’s obligated to a certain number of fights, at least according to White/UFC. If there is such a dispute, Couture’s statements are clever strategy. He reaffirms his desire to fight Fedor, which the entire MMA universe wants to see, and extends an olive branch to UFC by offering a joint promotion. How does White/UFC respond without looking bad? On the other hand, is it possible that Couture and the UFC are more simpatico than we’ve been led to believe and this is their way of pressuring M-1?

  • Dizzle says:

    I’m sure that Randy has a really good lawyer that is able to understand his contract know what loops holes will work incase he has to defend him self in court.

    His contract will be finished and he will want to fight fedor.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Hopefully he had good lawyering up front. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s especially true in contract negotiations. Even clever lawyers can’t undo binding agreements just because their clients subsequently regret signing them.

  • ishmale says:

    dana white needs to do whats right and allow this fight to take place. everyone has been dreaming of this fight for some time now and it will be the most viewed fight in the history of mma. i guess if dana white wants no part in that his loss.


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