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Couture vs. Nogueira Likely To Headline UFC 101 in Portland

Randy Couture

Randy Couture

Five-time UFC champion and hall of famer Randy Couture has agreed to fight former UFC interim heavyweight title-holder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the main event of UFC 101 in August, possibly in Portland, Oregon.

MMA Weekly first reported the news on Thursday, adding that the UFC is awaiting response from Nogueira on the matchup.

Couture, who last fought in November losing the UFC heavyweight belt to Brock Lesnar, was initially offered a bout against Nogueira in the first-half of 2009 but declined the matchup after undergoing elbow surgery and an upcoming film role will prevent “The Natural” from facing Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 99 in June as rumored.

Nogueira was last in action in December, when he lost the interim championship to Frank Mir at UFC 92.

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