According to Kim Couture he absolutely is.
“When Fedor signed the contract (with Affliction) it was cut out in the contract that they get him for a certain number of fights not including the Randy Couture fight. He’s free to fight Randy wherever, whenever.”
A source close to Emelianenko’s camp has informed Fightline.com that this is indeed the case with his contract. Look for the UFC to get this fight done at some point next summer provided the public is still into it after the UFC “heavyweight tournament” set to play out over the next six months.
The tournament, as UFC president Dana White likes to call it, will kick off this November with a match up between Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar. The winner of that fight will face the winner of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir which will take place on Dec. 27.
The two winners will be pitted in a champion vs. champion affair sometime in early 2009. If Couture comes out on top, expect to see Emelianenko opposite Couture inside of an octagon sometime later that summer.