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Couture Declines Nogueira Fight Due To Elbow Surgey

Randy Couture

Randy Couture

Randy Couture on Thursday underwent successful surgery to remove two “abnormally large” bone spurs from his elbow and has been forced to decline a matchup against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the first-half of 2009 to allow the elbow to fully heal,’s Josh Gross reports.

Couture, who has a starring role in the upcoming Sylvester Stallone movie The Expendables, is still likely to fight Nogueira, though the bout won’t take place until July at the earliest.

Couture lost the UFC heavyweight title to Brock Lesnar in November, while Nogueiraa dropped the interim heavyweight belt to Frank Mir in late-December.

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