by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
Five-time UFC champion Randy Couture has verbally agreed to face former heavyweight champion Mark Coleman at UFC 109 in a light heavyweight bout.
Sherdog.com was the first to report the news Tuesday afternoon, and MMAWeekly.com subsequently confirmed it with sources close to the situation.
The bout is expected to be the the co-main draw of the Feb. 6 event, slated for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
A main event between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort could possibly headline the card, MMAWeekly.com sources said this week, though the fight has yet to be officially confirmed.
Couture, 46, is three days removed from 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.
Coleman, 44, is coming off a knee injury that forced him to withdraw from a scheduled fight with Tito Ortiz at Saturday’s UFC 106, opening the door for an Ortiz rematch with Forrest Griffin. The “Hammer House” original made his last Octagon appearance in July, defeating Stephan Bonnar by unanimous decision at UFC 100.