The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday confirmed earlier reports, including one by MMAWeekly.com, that Randy Couture, just two weeks removed from his last fight, is ready to step back into the Octagon to face Brandon Vera at UFC 105 in Manchester, England.
The two will meet in a light heavyweight, main event battle on Nov. 14 at the M.E.N. Arena.
"I would love to be a six-time UFC champion, to set the bar very high in that regard, and that's what I want to accomplish at 205 pounds," said Couture. "That is my immediate goal. I am very intrigued by the current light heavyweight division, there are some great matchups for me here, and I believe I have to tools to win back the 205-pound title."
Vera fought on the same UFC 102 card recently in Portland, Ore. He defeated fast-rising Krzysztof Soszynski, while Couture dropped a decision in an epic battle with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
"Even after my first UFC win back in 2005, I was begging the UFC to put me in with a legend like a Chuck Liddell or a Randy Couture. I always knew those are the sorts of guys who would bring the best out of me and, finally, I have my chance to prove myself against a true legend in the sport."
UFC 105 also features bouts pitting British star and Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Bisping against Denis Kang.