Not Much Interest in Couture/Liddell IV

Written by Tom Ngo
November 30th, 2008

Earlier this month, rumors swirled that the UFC was considering pitting former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell against former heavyweight champ Randy Coutre for a fourth time. However, it seems as though neither of the two fighters are interested in facing each other again. Liddell already holds a two-to-one advantage over Couture, including knockouts in their last two meetings.

In this week’s installement of “MMA Live,” Franklin McNeil of ESPN.com stated that neither fighter has been presented with fight agreements for a potential fourth fight. McNeil indicated that although the UFC’s management team may have discussed it, neither Liddell nor Couture were too enthusiastic about going a 4thRound. 

It was speculated that the UFC was planning to make this fight the main event for UFC 99, their first-ever MMA promotion in Germany. McNeil did state that it’s possible that both Couture and Liddell could still be participants on that card, however they would be featured on separate bouts.

Both of the former champs are coming off of losses. Liddell hasn’t fought since being knocked out by Rashad Evens at UFC 88. Including that loss, the soon-to-be 39-year-old Liddell has dropped three of his last four contests.

After a year-long layoff, Couture made his long awaited return to the Octagon at UFC 91 earlier this month only to lose his title to Brock Lesnar.  

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