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Randy Couture Leaning Towards Light Heavyweight Return, Next Fight Likely for Early-2010

Randy CoutureFive-time UFC champion and hall of famer Randy Couture today told Sherdog that he’s likely to return to the 205-pound light heavyweight division for his next fight following back-to-back losses at heavyweight to Brock Lesnar and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and is likely to fight again early next year:

“Maybe this year, or maybe the first of next year,” said Couture of his next bout. “I haven’t really looked at the cards and the shows that they have. What’s on the schedule, I don’t know, but I’m especially leaning towards dropping down. I’m pushing in weight. It would be easy for me to make 205 and there’s more interesting fights there right now.”

At Saturday’s post-UFC 102 press conference following Couture’s unanimous decision loss to Nogueira in the evening’s headliner, UFC President Dana White announced that “The Natural” had signed a six-fight extension with the promotion, and that it was up to Couture in what division he’d fight next.

Couture, who weighed in at just 220-pounds for his matchup with Nogueira, said he’s under consideration for several acting gigs, which would prevent him from fighting until early next year.

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