Randy “The Natural” Couture and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira have agreed to fight each other some time during the summer of 2009. Although there is no official date for this upcoming heavyweight bout, both former UFC champs feel the fight must happen eventually.
Couture was offered a fight against Nogueira in December of 2007. Instead of defending his belt back then Nog, Couture decided to “resign” from the UFC for good. However 11 months later, Couture compromised with UFC officials to come back and defend his title. In his long-awaited return, the Natural lost his belt to former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar via TKO (strikes). Couture hopes to redeem himself against the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in what it seems to be targeted as UFC 101.
Minotauro plans to come back strong after losing his UFC interim heavyweight championship title to Frank Mir at UFC 92. Nogueira admits he wasn’t himself at UFC 92, but plans to bring home a win over Couture by sharpening his stand-up skills with boxing expert– Freddie Roach.
A great fight for all true MMA fans, expect a very very strategical bout between both of these veterans.