by Ivan Trembow
The Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer has reported that the real reason there hasn’t been a UFC fight between Randy Couture and Ken Shamrock is that both fighters are under the same management umbrella. Among the fighters that are all managed by the same group of agents are Randy Couture, Ken Shamrock, and Quinton Jackson, and their management team has been adamant that none of their fighters will face each other in competition.
When the UFC was originally putting together the UFC 54 event line-up, the opponent that they wanted for Randy Couture was Ken Shamrock, who is coming off a knockout loss at the hands of Rich Franklin back in April. The UFC offered Shamrock just as much money as he made in his previous UFC appearance, and to Shamrock’s credit, he never turned down the offer.
According to the Observer, the offer never actually made it to Shamrock, because his representives were not willing to even consider matching any of their fighters against each other. This also includes Quinton Jackson, whose Pride no-compete clause expires at the end of August, so any talk of a potential Couture vs. Jackson match also has to go out the window as long as their management team has the same policy.
As previously reported on MMAWeekly, one fight that was signed for UFC 54 was Randy Couture vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral, but Sobral had to pull out of the fight due to a training injury. When Sobral pulled out, Mike Van Arsdale was contacted and came to terms with the UFC to fight Couture at UFC 54. Sporting a career record of 8-1 in MMA (with his only loss coming at the hands of Vanderlei Silva) and very impressive amateur wrestling credentials, Van Arsdale will be coming down from heavyweight to light-heavyweight.