by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Randy Couture and Mark Coleman are spawned from the same superior wrestling pedigree. Both began their mixed martial arts careers with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, each winning tournament titles in their respective debuts.
Couture, 46, and Coleman, 44, both appear destined to finish their MMA careers with the UFC as well.
So it’s somewhat surprising that they have never had to face each other in the Octagon… until now.
Confirming earlier reports from MMAWeekly.com, Coleman’s long-time friend and vice president of MMA Authentics, Michael DiSabato, on Saturday emailed MMAWeekly.com saying that Coleman had signed his bout agreement to face Couture at UFC 109 on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas.
“Better now than never!” Coleman said via DiSabato’s email.
Coleman (16-9) is coming off a knee injury that forced him to withdraw from a scheduled fight with Tito Ortiz at UFC 106. The “Hammer House” original made his last Octagon appearance in July, defeating Stephan Bonnar by unanimous decision at UFC 100. He made his MMA debut in July of 1996, capturing the UFC 10 tournament title by winning three fights in one night.
Couture (17-10) recently won a close decision victory over light heavyweight Brandon Vera at UFC 105 in Manchester, England. It was his first bout at 205 pounds since February 2006, when he lost a bid to regain the title against Chuck Liddell at UFC 57. He made his MMA debut in May of 1997, capturing the UFC 13 heavyweight tournament title with two victories on the same night.
The two will meet in a light heavyweight bout as part of the main event of UFC 109 on Super Bowl weekend. Top 10 middleweights Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen will also fight that night to determine the next challenger to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who is currently recovering from arthroscopic surgery to clean out his elbow.
Couture’s camp was not immediately available to confirm his signing at the time of publication, but recent sources indicated that Couture had at least verbally agreed to the bout.