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Report: Randy Couture could face Fedor in early 2009

Things are moving quite fast with the Randy Couture situation these days. MMA Junkie has a scoop on possible negotiations for Couture to face Fedor Emelianenko in early 2009 contingent upon a victory over Brock Lesnar at UFC 91:

The long-rumored heavyweight superfight between UFC champion Randy Couture (16-8 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and WAMMA champion Fedor Emelianenko (28-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is currently being discussed for an as-yet-unspecified date in January or February of 2009.

Sources inside Couture’s Xtreme Couture camp today informed ( of the ongoing negotiations between the UFC and both fighters.

Adding to previous speculation that Couture’s return may be on Nov. 15 at UFC 91 against Brock Lesnar, Xtreme Couture is also reportedly making travel arrangements to bring in several “larger heavyweights” as sparring partners for Couture.

Sources indicate the Emelianenko bout is contingent upon Couture defeating Lesnar in November.

Things are certainly heating up ladies and gentlemen. Couture vs. Lesnar could perhaps be one of the biggest UFC pay-per-views of all time and should he get past Lesnar then he’d be facing the man that he’s wanted to fight for the longest time, Fedor Emelianenko. Getting past Lesnar will be no easy task, however, as Lesnar is younger, quicker, and much bigger than Couture. A win over Lesnar is not a guarantee by any stretch of the imagination.