It does not appear to have taken long to determine Randy Couture’s next opponent. It is very possible that he could next take on Chuck Liddell for a fourth time inside the octagon. I do not know if I like this fight. It would be exciting, but why a fourth match? And why put your two biggest stars who are both knocking on retirement’s door against one another in the octagon? A loss would essentially end the career of the a guy. The rumor is that the fight would occur at heavyweight and would take place at a June event in Germany. The fight may very well happen, but I am surprised that it is going to be June and not sooner like April or May. Also, this could silence the rumors of a potential Liddell vs. Anderson Silva match in February. Check out what MMAJunkie had to say
After competing in three legendary light-heavyweight fights, former UFC champions Randy Couture (16-9 MMA, 13-6 UFC) and Chuck Liddell (21-6 MMA, 16-5 UFC) could now meet during a heavyweight encounter at a June 13 event in Cologne, Germany.
The report comes from the U.K.-based The Sun, which cites UFC officials as saying Liddell has been offered the heavyweight main event.
Couture recently lost his heavyweight belt to Brock Lesnar at UFC 91. Liddell, meanwhile, has dropped three of his four past fights at light heavyweight, but he’s made no public statement regarding a potential move up to heavyweight.
A source told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Couture is open to a fourth Liddell fight, but we’ve been unable to confirm is the fight has been offered to Liddell.
With the event apparently in the works for Germany, it should come as little surprise that the UFC invited a small contingent of German press to UFC 91 to see Couture’s main event with Lesnar. The 45-year-old Couture speaks German and has long been considered a likely headliner once the UFC does head to Germany, a market UFC officials have continually mentioned as a site for future expansion.
Couture and Liddell took part in a popular trilogy of fights that played out between 2003 and 2006. Couture scored a third-round TKO at UFC 43 to win the first match-up for the interim heavyweight title (former champ Tito Ortiz had been stripped of the title), but the 38-year-old Liddell won back the belt and made a successful title defense over Couture with knockout wins at UFC 52 and UFC 57.