All hopes to have Randy Couture take on Fedor Emelianenko in a co-promoted bout between M-1 Global and the UFC are no more as the UFC has reportedly tuned down M-1’s offer for the fight according to Brawl Sports who got the news directly from Couture:
“We got an official offer from M-1 to the UFC to do a co-promotion for the Couture-Emelianenko fight, and they (UFC) rejected that offer. Really, the only thing standing in the way for that fight right now is Dana and the UFC. Obviously, M-1 is happy to do a co-promotion like that. It only serves to help them. I think the UFC is looking at it the other way, and it’s like why do we want to help out another organization? The fans want to see that fight. At some point, you have to put that first.”
The article also reveals that all of Couture’s contract with the UFC will expire by October 11th.