Former five-time UFC champion Randy Couture and UFC President Dana White announced after Saturday’s “UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira” event in Portland, Oregon that Couture had signed a 28-month, six-fight extension with the promotion to finish out his MMA career inside the Octagon.
The 46-year-old Couture, an MMA legend and UFC hall of famer who had one fight remaining on his previous contract, dropped a unanimous decision to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the main event of Saturday’s pay-per-view card, but looked impressive in defeat.
Following back-to-back losses at heavyweight to Nogueira and heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, White expressed his confidence that Couture can remain competitive in the heavyweight division, but is open to him returning to light heavyweight, where he’s a two-time title-holder with wins over Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell.
“He’s proven he can stay in there and hang with the heavyweights if that’s what he wants to do, [but] I think he’s a beast at 205 pounds,” said White at the post-UFC 102 press conference.
With the decision left in his hands, Couture appeared open to returning to 205-pounds, where showdowns with champ Lyoto Machida and middleweight title-holder Anderson Silva could be on the horizon, along with possible rematches against Liddell and Ortiz.
“I’m interested in interesting fights,” said Couture. “There’s a lot of guys in both divisions that are interesting to fight.”