Couture vs. Emelianenko on Early 2009 UFC Card?

Written by Tom Ngo
August 30th, 2008

It is being reported that the highly anticipated and talked about fight between the top two heavyweights in the world might actually be taking place. The fight is far from a done deal, however reports are surfacing that the UFC and representatives from Couture and Emelianenko’s camps have been in talks about finally making the mega fight happen in a UFC and M-1 Global co-promotion.

MMAJunkie.com has confirmed with sources from Xtreme Couture that these negotiations are indeed in the works, and that Couture has stepped up his training regimen in preparations for an upcoming fight.

It has been rumored for the past few days that Couture and the UFC are working out their differences outside of the courts, and that they are willing to bring the former/current heavyweight champion back. An annoucement could be made as early as Tuesday.

Couture resigned from his post as champion last October due to what he called “disrespect” from the organization. As in most sports situations, disrespect equates to compensation. The two sides have been involved in a bitter court battle for the last year.

Couture, who still had two fights remaining on his UFC deal, would have his current contract torn up, and new three-fight deal with an increase in compensation in its place.

It is believed that Couture may be returning at UFC 91 in Oregon against up and coming Brock Lesnar. If he were to win that fight, he would then face Emelianenko in early 2009.

There are still many issues that need to be resolved between the UFC and Couture, as well as the UFC and M-1 Global, Emelianenko’s organization, in order for the fight to happen. The UFC has long stood pat on its position to never again run a co-promoted event, however, with the UFC’s willingness to become more flexible with Couture’s situation, anything is possible.

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