Where there is smoke, there is usually fire. In the case of former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture, rumors of a possible showdown with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 99 appear to be valid.
During a recent interview with Arianny Celeste for the video web site RawVegas.tv, Couture confirmed that the rumors are indeed true.
“(It’s a ) possibility,” Couture responded when asked about reports linking him to a bout against the former PRIDE star.
However, the five-time UFC world champion stopped short of saying that the matchup has been finalized.
“I’m working on a movie this spring (in) March, April, and May,” revealed “The Natural,” before adding, “… It depends on when I finish the movie.”
While his movie commitment will take first priority, a fight with Cro Cop is one that is attractive to Couture.
“If I can get a full camp in before the Germany fight (then) I would love to fight Cro Cop. He’s a huge star in the Germany. The question is whether I can get a full camp in.”
While many fans are intrigued by the possibility of a Couture vs. Cro Cop fight, there appears to be a strong possibility that the fight will not happen.
UFC 99 is tentatively schedule to take place at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany on Saturday, June 13. Assuming Couture finishes his filming commitments by early May, the 46-year old would have just slightly over five weeks to prepare for the event.
If filming were to extend into May, fighting in June would no longer be a viable option for Couture. It also remains to be seen if the UFC would be willing to sign a fight that could not be finalized until just 5-6 weeks in advance of an event, as the bout’s impact on ticket sales would be limited.
As of now, just two bouts have been reported for UFC 99; a 195 pound catchweight bout between former PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva and former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin as well as a lightweight contest between Caol Uno and Spencer Fisher.