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Couture vs Coleman

Randy Couture and Mark Coleman have verbally agreed to a light heavyweight headlining bout at UFC 109 on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas, Sherdog.com has learned through sources close to the bout.

If signed, the bout will mark the first time UFC hall of famers have met in the Octagon. Both former heavyweight champions, Couture was originally slated to face Coleman at UFC 17 in May 1998 in Mobile, Ala., before the four-time Olympic alternate hurt his ribs prepping for that year’s Greco-Roman wrestling Nationals.

Instead, Coleman fought Pete Williams, a then unknown Lion’s Den protégé, and was knocked out with a head kick just past the 12-minute mark. The accomplished wrestlers’ paths did not cross again.

Couture, 46, out-clinched muay Thai striker Brandon Vera to a unanimous decision last Saturday at UFC 105 in Manchester, England. Couture is the only fighter to have held titles in both the UFC’s light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2006. He is also a two-time Div. I National Championships team member and a two-time NCAA Div. I runner-up for Oklahoma State University.

Coleman, 44, breathed new life into his 13-year career with a unanimous decision victory over 32-year-old “The Ultimate Fighter” finalist Stephan Bonnar at UFC 100 last July in Las Vegas. He was slated to face former 205-pound champion Tito Ortiz at UFC 106 on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas, but withdrew with a slight torn MCL in early October.

Coleman, who was inducted by the UFC in 2008, was Pride Fighting Championships’ first grand prix tournament champion in 2000 and placed seventh in freestyle wrestling at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Coleman was an NCAA Div. I champion his senior year at Ohio State University.

The legendary pair wrestled one another in a freestyle match at the 1989 Olympic Festival at Oklahoma State. Coleman won the match by one point.

Post #1   11/17/09 8:30:33PM   

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How many thumbs down will suffice? 3? How's about 10

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Cool. I look forward to seeing these two clash.

Post #3   11/17/09 8:41:21PM   

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guess they'll cancel each others wrestling and keep it standing then.. a little weak for a main event though.

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Coleman GnP all day

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Wow,suprised by the response.I think it's a great fight.Randy has problems with strong grapplers who can put him on his back,and that's what Coleman is.

I think the fight will look a lot like Randy's fight with Mike VanArsdale-a lot of scrambles,furious striking in close from both men,and a pretty high pace set by Randy.I think Randy just makes it an all out war and finally finishes a tired but game Coleman early in the third round.

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This fight makes absolutely no sense to me. Mabeys if Randy had lost to Brandon it might of been viable, but surely he should be looking at somebody ranked higher after beating Vera, who was working his way up the ranks himself?

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They have two 3-toed sloths fighting as the co-main event to make sure we get lots of fast paced action.

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ive wanted to see this fight for years!!
true classic

Post #9   11/17/09 9:28:26PM   

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Dear god I hope these reports are false.... I don't want to see this fight and it makes no sense. If it does happen randy should win an easy decision or tko late.

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I have been waiting for years for this!!!!!!!!!!



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i really dont know why people are bashing this fight already

think about it from the UFCs view. 2 Hall of Famers going at it.whats wrong with that??

personally i think Coleman is going to do just well in this fight.his wrestling is on par with Couture.on the other hand Couture a far superior gas tank.if Coleman comes in tip top shape.i see no reason why he couldnt pull out the win




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It's an interesting fight, givien they're styles. With their last performances, I think Coleman may win, but who knows.

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winner gets a wheelchair and a bingo kit?

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Its not that I dislike the matchup, but I dont like it as a main event.

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