|09-02-2008, 08:54 PM||#1|
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UFC Media Conference Call Live Coverage
UFC President Dana White announced during a 4pm ET media conference call that UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture will fight Brock Lesnar in a five-round championship bout on November 15th at UFC 91 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
3:12 pm ET — The UFC has announced that due to a “scheduling conflict” the media conference call has been postponed until 4pm ET.
4:12pm ET — Dana White has announced that UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture will take on Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 on November 15th in Las Vegas. Both Couture and Lesnar are on the call.
4:13pm ET — Win or lose, Couture will remain in the UFC.
4:13pm ET — The UFC will do “everything in their power” to get Couture vs. Emelianenko booked, but says they must work it out with Affliction.
4:15pm ET — The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, not in Portland, Oregon as expected.
4:17pm ET — Nogueira and Mir will still fight at UFC 92 for the interim heavyweight title then the winners of both bouts will unify the titles in early-2009.
4:18pm ET — The UFC and Couture has settled their legal dispute as part of their agreement to have Couture return to the octagon.
4:19pm ET — Couture says he is not yet ready for Lesnar but will analyze his opponent and train accordingly.
4:20pm ET — Lesnar says heavyweight championship shot a “great opportunity”.
4:21pm ET — Dana White says they are happy to resolve issues and Couture adds that both sides had to make compromises to make things work. White says all he cares about is that Couture is “back and he’s fighting”. They have cleared the air and are “trying to move forward”.
4:23pm ET — White says Lesnar looked “damn good” in his fight against Heath Herring and that he was determined to be the top contender as fans had little interest in seeing Lesnar fight Cheick Kongo.
4:24pm ET — Dana White says Couture-Lesnar will be “biggest fight in UFC history
4:25pm ET — Lesnar “honored” to get into the octagon with Randy.
4:26pm ET — Couture says he weighs 225 pounds at present and will weigh 225 pounds for the fight. Says he can overcome the weigh difference with Lesnar.
4:27pm ET — Couture says he’d be okay walking away now in terms of his legacy but that he’s “fighting because he loves to fight” and he wants to take top heavyweight ranking away from Emelianenko.
4:28pm ET — White says UFC will offer Emelianenko a “fair deal”. Says contract of Emelianenko with Affliction another “obstacle” to Couture-Emelianenko happening.
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