After earning his second straight victory since returning to the light-heavyweight division, UFC President Dana White confirmed that former five-time UFC champion Randy Couture is back in the light-heavyweight title picture, where he has held the title twice before.
“We’ve got to do the Machida and ‘Shogun’ fight [in May],” White said. “Randy falls in the middle of that whole mess somewhere.”
Couture defeated fellow Hall of Famer Mark Coleman at UFC 109: Relentless last night. Couture dominated Coleman before submitting him in the second round with a rear-naked choke. Despite being 46 years old and having competed three times in the past year, Couture said that he felt great and was still improving.
“I’m having a blast, I feel like I’m improving each and every time I get out here,” Couture admitted after the bout. “It’s my third fight in seven months, and it feels good to be so active.”
Couture defeated Chuck Liddell at UFC 43 in 2003 to win his first light-heavyweight title. He went on to lose the title to Vitor Belfort due to a cut, only to beat Belfort in a rematch to regain the belt. He lost the title for a final time to Liddell in 2005.
While Couture is definitely near the top of the heap of the division, White is quick to not make any guarantees as to where exactly Couture stands.
“We’ll see what happens,” said White. “I’ve got to see what happens with the next couple fights.”