Rumored by many sources, but confirmed by the Wrestling Observer, is that former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture is in negotiations with the UFC to possibly return and fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 in Portland, OR.
Dave Meltzer confirms the news:
A source close to Randy Couture has confirmed today that Couture is in negotiations with UFC for a new three-fight deal which would end the nearly nine month legal battle between the two sides.
If the deal is closed, and the source said they are hoping to conclude negotiations and announce the match sometime within the next week, Couture would face Brock Lesnar on 11/15, most likely in Portland, Oregon.
Couture was said to be hoping that if everything went well, the next two fights could involve Fedor, Nogueira, and/or Chuck Liddell. However, all previous hangups involving Emelianenko and UFC remain.
UFC 91 is set to take place in Oregon, Couture’s former home state. Couture lived in Oregon as he trained for the Olympics as an alternate on the US Greco-Roman wrestling team. After his wrestling career ended he served as a strength and conditioning coach at Organ State University before establishing the legendary MMA “Team Quest” with partners Dan Henderson and Matt Lindland.