Amidst a groundswell of rumor and speculation concerning former UFC heavyweight champion
Couture will face rising star
There was strong speculation the Nov. 15 event would take place in Portland, Ore., but UFC President
In announcing the fight, White steered away from saying that Lesnar, with a 1-1 record in the UFC and 2-1, was the No. 1 contender for the heavyweight title. He offered no defense of the bout being for the title saying, "We can basically put on fights that fans want to see ... Mark my words, Couture vs. Lesnar will be the biggest fight in UFC history."
The announcement appears to have ended a legal battle between Couture and the owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Zuffa, LLC, over the terms of his fight contract. Up until the announcement was made, the two parties were in arbitration proceedings to determine if and when Couture would be able to fight outside of the UFC.
Due to Couture's absence, the UFC had crowned
Couture has reportedly begun training full time for the bout at his Las Vegas Xtreme Couture gym.