by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has learned that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight and light-heavyweight champion, Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture, is coming out of retirement for at least one more fight.
MMAWeekly has learned that Couture retired to make it possible for him to travel to Japan to face Wanderlei Silva in the Pride ring later this year. The recently inked deal wasn’t easy to put together. Couture of course wanted the bout to take place in the UFC octagon while Silva insisted it happen in the Pride ring.
The two finally reached a compromise to fight in Japan, in the Pride ring in a Gi vs. Gi match up. The fight will consist of three 30 seconds rounds. If there is no winner after the three 30 second rounds, then they will go to a fourth and final round which will consist of twenty-four hours of straight fighting. No judges will be ringside to score the bout.
Pride will return the favor and send to compete in the UFC octagon none other than Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. Jackson will square off in a rematch to fight UFC Champ, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. This bout too has special rules. ‘The Iceman’ and ‘Rampage’ will be forced to fight in a submission match with no strikes allowed with no time limits. Submission specialist Mirko Cro Cop will be the special referee for the match.
Pride insisted the UFC send one of their top heavyweights to Japan to compete in the open-weight tournament. Representing the UFC heavyweight division will be Boston police officer, Sean Gannon, who will square off against Fedor Emelianenko as MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa has the early line ruled as a pickem fight.
In other news, ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,’ Tito Ortiz, negotiated in his UFC contract to have a three, three minute rounds boxing match with UFC president, Dana White. White signed the deal and the two will go toe-to-toe after Ortiz faces Forrest Griffin at UFC 59: ‘Reality Check.’ White is expected to open as the slight favorite with his extensive background in boxing and boxercise cardio conditioning techniques.
‘The Ultimate Fighter’ (TUF) reality show has become such a big hit that the UFC is looking for new ways to cash in on the phenomenon. Taking a page from ‘American Idol’ and their CD sales, the UFC is expected to release instructional videos presented by the TUF Season 1 cast. The first edition will feature the original cast and will be title, ‘Brokeback Mounting.’
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