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02-28-2009, 07:52 PM
IT'S ON! NOGUEIRA AND COUTURE AGREE TO UFC 101 (http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=8277&zoneid=2)

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Former Pride and UFC interim heavyweight champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has agreed to face former UFC heavyweight champ Randy Couture at UFC 101 in August.

Though a date can’t be confirmed at this time, multiple sources wishing to remain anonymous say the unannounced card is likely to take place in Portland, Ore.

MMAWeekly.com on Thursday reported that Couture had accepted an offer to face the Brazilian, his first fight since losing the heavyweight crown to Brock Lesnar at UFC 91. Nogueira has now reciprocated, although bout agreements have yet to be signed.

Couture turned down an offer to fight Nogueira in December of 2007 after resigning from the UFC in a contractual dispute. He remained heavyweight champion through his 11-month leave, while Nogueira defeated Tim Sylvia to win the interim heavyweight title at UFC 81.

Nogueira subsequently lost the title to Frank Mir in the second round of the UFC’s unofficial “heavyweight tournament,” with Couture losing his undisputed title at his UFC 91 return.

Couture was again offered a fight with the Brazilian in the first half of 2009, but an elbow surgery and obligations to the Sylvester Stallone-helmed “The Expendables” put the bout on the back burner. A widely rumored appearance at UFC 99 in Germany was also shelved due to the film.

Next month, Couture will begin filming the action flick alongside stars Mickey Rourke, Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, and beleaguered California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sources indicate Nogueira may do the bulk of his fight training in Los Angeles, sharpening his boxing skills with boxing guru Freddie Roach.

02-28-2009, 07:58 PM
Its about time Randy stopped duckin Nog. If Nog is somewhat healthy boxing skills or not he's gonna sub Randy

02-28-2009, 08:01 PM
Nogueira training with Roach is a smart move, but it may not be smart enough to beat Randy who has the best mind in MMA.

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02-28-2009, 10:16 PM
i hope couture takes this............

03-02-2009, 06:57 PM
i hope big Nog has something left in the tank, he looked worn out and slow against Mir. randy is a different animal, though

03-02-2009, 08:09 PM
I really wonder what happened with Nogueira. Barring the fact that time catches up with everyone, his last performance was a bit ridiculous.

03-03-2009, 12:18 PM
Nog is only 32, but in fight years he's like a senior citizen. all those wars and beatdowns have caught up with him. i hope he has enough in the tank to take out Couture, but he looked like a shot a fighter against Mir getting hit with the exact same combo time after time. i know they said he was suffering from a staph infection, but he's been dropped bad in every last fight since he came to the UFC.

i hope he wins though