Bloody Elbow Exclusive: Chuck Liddell Mulling Move to Heavyweight to Face Randy Couture

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A strong source indicates to Bloody Elbow that Chuck Liddell is currently in negotiations to move to heavyweight in order to fight Randy Couture.  The proposed fight would take place on June 13th in Cologne, Germany.

The UFC wants to have Randy on their Germany show because he speaks the language and can do all the promotion.  The winner of the fight would face the heavyweight champion in a big fight at the end of the year.  

Couture is uninterested in moving down to 205 where Forrest Griffin is champion and Wanderlei Silva is also a contender.  Both are close to him and in his camp, and weight cutting takes a toll at his age.  Given his status, they aren't going to have him fight guys like Cheick Kongo, it is only big fights for Couture at this stage.

For Liddell, the thought is that at his age the weight cutting process is taking more of a toll on his body, and whereas he would have to win a bunch of fights to get back at contention at 205, the heavyweight division is thin enough where he could jump in and be an immediate contender with a win.

It is believed internally that Couture/Liddell will draw better than Silva/Liddell, and they know that a potential Liddell/Lesnar match would probably be the biggest PPV in the history of MMA.  It's one of those win-win situations for PPV business.  Even a match between the two losers later in the year could likely do big business.  

The Anderson Silva match was discussed, but the buyrate news from October pretty much sealed the deal against that fight.  Anderson Silva will still probably fight in February in the UK, but not against Liddell.

Update:  This show will be UFC 99 unless they add another show to their schedule.  UFC 100 will be the weekend of July 4.

EDITORIAL Note [from Luke Thomas]:  To websites using this news: BloodyElbow.com was the first to publish this scoop, not the UK Sun. We ask that you respect this fact and give this site and Michael Rome proper credit for breaking this news.

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