As we all know by know Randy Couture is back in the UFC after a groulling 9 month court battle over his contract with the UFC. During this time it seamed as though Couture would never go back to the UFC and was looking forward to fight Fedor. So why is there all of a sudden a change on Couture and UFC sides in this battle?
First lets look at it from Couture's side. He was stuck in legal battles with the UFC over his contract that prevent him from leaving the UFC and fight else where. By elsewere I mean Affliction against Fedor. The fight that everyone wants to see. However Randy wasn't moving far as the legal battles would have most likely pulled him out of fighting even longer and we all know that Randy is not exactly at a stage in his career where he can afford to wait to fight(he's old). Also I would guess to say that those legal battles are not cheap and with Randy not fighting his income is shorter. So he needs to fight, not also because of age but because he has not had a fight in 9 months, so if he is going to fight again he bettter do something to get in the ring. It was only logical to sign a deal with the UFC as he had no options to sign else where yet and there was no sign of when he could sign elseware. With that in mind and most likely a high dollar amount for his contract with the UFC it was the only logical move he could make if he wanted to fight any time soon.
Next lets look at it from the UFC's perspective. They have a contract with one of MMA's greatest fighters that currently holds their heavyweight belt. Lossing Couture would pull a good portion of fans away from the UFC with him. Couture's contract is ending soon and the court battles also cost them money. However loosing Couture means that the biggest fight on the planet is going to happen with Affliction. A competetor that Dana has public noted that they hate and can't wait to see fail. If they sign Randy they keep the rights to him and prevent Affliction from getting the fight of the centry. This also gives that fight to the UFC as Dana says that if Fedor wants to fight Randy he will come the UFC to do so. Bam, Affliction is down the biggest fight in MMA history, and the UFC gains this fight. Its the perfect situation for the UFC: UFC has Randy, no more court battle, no Affliction Fedor vs. Couture fight. All wins for the UFC.
The way I see it the UFC won, by keeping Randy and helping Affliction loose their bread and butter fight.