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UFC Media Conference Call Live Coverage

UFC LogoUFC President Dana White today announced during a media conference call that UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture will fight Brock Lesnar in a five-round championship bout on November 15th at UFC 91 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Continue reading for’s notes from the call…

  • Dana White announced that UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture will take on Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 on November 15th in Las Vegas. Both Couture and Lesnar are on the call.
  • Win or lose, Couture will remain in the UFC.
  • The UFC will do “everything in their power” to get Couture vs. Emelianenko booked, but says they must work it out with Affliction.
  • The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, not in Portland, Oregon as expected. White says that the UFC will still be coming to Portland at some point but that the November 15th date was just rumors.
  • Nogueira and Mir will still fight at UFC 92 for the interim heavyweight title then the winners of both bouts will unify the titles in early-2009.
  • The UFC and Couture has settled their legal dispute as part of their agreement to have Couture return to the octagon.

  • Couture says he is not yet ready for Lesnar but will analyze his opponent and train accordingly.
  • Lesnar says heavyweight championship shot a “great opportunity”.
  • Dana White says they are happy to resolve issues and Couture adds that both sides had to make compromises to make things work. White says all he cares about is that Couture is “back and he’s fighting”. They have cleared the air and are “trying to move forward”.
  • White says Lesnar looked “damn good” in his fight against Heath Herring and that he was determined to be the top contender as fans had little interest in seeing Lesnar fight Cheick Kongo.
  • Dana White says Couture-Lesnar will be “biggest fight” in UFC history
  • Lesnar “honored” to get into the octagon with Randy.
  • Couture says he weighs 225 pounds at present and will weigh 225 pounds for the fight. Says he can overcome the weigh difference with Lesnar.
  • Couture says he’d be okay walking away now in terms of his legacy but that he’s “fighting because he loves to fight” and he wants to take top heavyweight ranking away from Emelianenko.
  • White says UFC will offer Emelianenko a “fair deal”. Says contract of Emelianenko with Affliction another “obstacle” to Couture-Emelianenko happening.
  • White says UFC 91 will do over a million PPV buys.
  • Dana says he would be “horrified” if Affliction survives until January.
  • Couture says he’d rather fight Emelianenko in November but that they’re “on the right road”.
  • White calls upcoming heavyweight championship fights a “tournament”.
  • White says UFC heavyweight division looking “pretty damn good” now.
  • Couture says there’s no way he can overlook someone as big as Lesnar and that he will take him “very, very seriously”.
  • White says Affliction is losing loads of money and that when you’re losing the kind of money Affliction’s losing you have to “sell a lot of t-shirts”.
  • White says it drives him “insane” when people call Fedor the best pound-for-pound fight in the world because he hasn’t fought top competition. White says he wants to see if Emelianenko is the best and White says he has to come to the UFC to fight the best.
  • Lesnar says he doesn’t “give a shit” about Fedor.
  • Lesnar says it’s tough to succeed in MMA without a solid wrestling base.
  • White says “UFC Countdown” for Couture-Lesnar will be a two or three part series on Spike TV.
  • Couture says he believes his Nevada fighting license is still current but White says the UFC would buy him one if it wasn’t.
  • White says other promotions can have any fighters he cuts.
  • White says Fabricio Werdum is also in the heavyweight title mix.
  • Lesnar says he cuts 15 pounds to get down to the 265 pound heavyweight limit.
  • Couture will be attending UFC 88 on Saturday with White in Atlanta.
  • PPV projections are 1-1.5 million buys, but White is hesitant on saying it will bear De La Hoya-Pacquiao.
  • Couture says deal is a new, three-fight contract replacing the previous contract which had two bouts remaining.
  • White says he would not sign Fedor to a one-fight deal and that he would have to sign a multiple-fight contract in order to fight in the UFC for the heavyweight title.
  • White says no one was cheated by Couture coming back, including Frank Mir.
  • Couture says he wishes things could have gone better in the last year with the UFC.
  • Lesnar says he’s not frustrated about Fedor talk, but that he’s ecstatic about fight against Couture and feels like he’s wasting time because everyone’s talking about Fedor.
  • White says Fedor is”completely irrelevant” and that everyone just wants to talk about fighters not in the UFC.
  • White says dispute with Randy Couture is “done” but says other disputes, including one with HDNet, may continue.
  • Lesnar says he’s never declined a fight and that he puts himself at risk with matchups and hopes the risk pays off with victories over good opponents.
  • Couture says HDNet owner Mark Cuban not disappointed in his choice to return to the UFC but that he hopes to get more UFC access for HDNet.

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