Couture: "I'd Fight Nogueira"

Written by Tom Ngo
January 22nd, 2009

After losing his UFC heavyweight title to Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, Randy Couture talks about the impending unification bout between former/current interim champ Frank Mir and Lesnar, as well as his desires to fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira next.

“I think it’s the best we’ve ever seen Frank,” Couture said of Mir’s UFC 92 performance against Nogueira. “He looked composed, relaxed and confident going in. He executed his game plan and did a terrific job. I was very impressed.”

With the win, Mir guaranteed his place in line to face Lesnar in his first ever title defense. Not only will the two clash to unify the belt, but it will also be the rematch that Lesnar has been waiting for.

Mir submitted the former professional wrestler in his Octagon debut at UFC 81 nearly a year ago. As far as the highly anticipated rematch goes, Couture is still on the fence.

“I think that kind of depends on Lesnar and how much he’s learned and is able to keep the fight where he wants to keep it and uses his advantage, which is his size, strength, and length,” said Couture. “That’s the question. That’s why everyone wants to see the fight again. Can Mir take him down and catch him in another submission? It’s hard to say. I can’t make a choice right now.”

It has been heavily speculated that Couture will be featured on the UFC’s first event in Germany, which is scheduled to be UFC 99 on June 13th. However, Couture was told that that was merely forum chatter.

“Nobody’s talked to me about any fight in Germany,” said Couture. “I’ve asked [UFC president] Dana [White] because of all these rumors that have been going around. He said, ‘It’s just rumors.’”

However there is an accomplished opponent out there that 45-year-old has yet to face.

“I’d fight Nogueira,” said Couture. “I had other reasons to turn down that fight last year, but that was a whole different situation. He’s a tremendous fighter. I’ve watched him for years.”

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