After his controversial decision victory over Brandon Vera at UFC 105 on Saturday Night it would appear that Randy Couture is set for a quick return to the octagon to face Mark Coleman.
Earlier this week we published an article suggesting possible opponents for Randy Couture, and one of those was indeed the 44 year old wrestler. In the article we have been running a poll to ask who fans wanted to see ‘The Natural’ fight next, and currently tied in first place with 28% of the vote is Coleman (the other is Tito Ortiz).
Now sherdog.com is reporting that both parties have verbally agreed to the bout. If they do go on to sign the contract then they will face each other in the octagon on Feb 6th in Las Vegas.
The speed at which the bout has been arranged highlights The UFC needs to make the most of it’s available stars during the injury crisis that has weakened many of their upcoming events.
The bout would be historic for the organization, bringing together it’s two oldest stars in Couture (46) and Coleman (44), both of whom fought for, and been champions of, the promotion when it was still in it’s early stages.
The two also share a common link in that they both wrestled at the highest level before entering MMA. Both have used that skill to their advantage in the sport and helped pave the way for many other wrestlers to make the transition to fighting in mixed martial arts.
As I said in the article I wrote after UFC 105 I believe Coleman (16-9) to be as much of a ‘soft ball’ as the promotion can throw Couture (17-10) at this stage. The down side for him is that it does little to further his current ambition to take a run at the light heavyweight title.
Meanwhile the bout is perfect for Coleman. A win over Couture could well be the biggest achievement of his career and would cement his legacy in the sport.