UFC Considers Splitting Its Heavyweight Division

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
December 29th, 2008


During a UFC Fight Club Q&A session, former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture made an interesting comment that could spark up some conversation over the coming months. “I don’t know that we need a 220 pound weight class, necessarily,” Couture said.

The comment was apparently made when a fan had asked Couture if he would be willing to drop back down to light heavyweight to which Couture responded, “I’m walking around at 225 (pounds), the same place I was when I went down to light heavyweight before. So it’s a possibility if an interesting fight came up there, and it made sense.”

Couture’s comments indicate that the possibility of a fourth fight against Chuck Liddell would be an opportunity that he would not cut the weight for.

If the UFC does decide to add a super heavyweight division, it would most likely take place after Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir fight to unify the UFC heavyweight title. Lesnar’s size advantage over Couture was clearly evident during their title fight.

For their UFC 91 contest, Couture weighed in at just under 225 pounds, while Lesnar had to cut down to meet the 260 pound heavyweight limit.

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