UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture made an appearance during last nights HDNet Fights “Reckless Abandon” event in Dallas, Texas. Couture, who was attending the event to back Xtreme Couture fighters Frank Trigg and Jay White, answered questions about his future on the live broadcast.
According to Couture, his fight contract with the UFC will expire in July while his employment contract with the organization is up in October. After both contracts expire Couture said he believes he will then be able to take on top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.
During the interview Couture also mentioned the possibility of the UFC and M-1 Global, the promotion with which Emelianenko signed earlier this year, co-promoting the bout but the UFC has shown no interest in a co-promoting the fight.
Due to the UFC’s reluctance to co-promote the fight it appears that Couture will have to wait until October at the earliest to take on Emelianenko once both of his UFC contracts expire.