Lesnar/UFC Deal Nearly Complete, Couture Breaks Arm

Ryan Clark

The following is an excerpt from an article on CBS Sportsline: Former WWE champion Brock Lesnar, known to wrestling fans as “The Next Big Thing,” followed through on his promise to attend UFC 74. Lesnar said that he wanted to see Couture up close and in person, but that was not the only reason Lesnar was in attendance. Lesnar met with White, who was very confident after his meeting with Lesnar. “I am pretty much going to guarantee you right here that UFC will get him,” said White. “Lesnar should have started with us, but we’ll be happy to have him.” Lesnar made his mixed martial arts debut at a show co-promoted by EliteXC and K-1, defeating Min Soo Kim in Los Angeles on June 2. When might the former collegiate All-American start with the UFC? “We are all booked up through 2007, but we would like to have him start after the new year,” White said.

The following is an excerpt from an article on TheFightNetwork.com: Following yet another feather-in-his-cap performance Saturday at UFC 74 in Las Vegas, real life superhero Randy Couture (16-8), was informed Sunday by doctors that heâ<80><99>d broken his arm during his third round TKO stoppage of Gabriel Gonzaga (8-2). Couture, 44, sustained the injury Saturday blocking a Gonzaga right high kick with his left forearm, cleanly separating the ulna bone with a â<80><9c>nightstick fracture,â<80> a break common in law enforcement circles. The injury placed the UFC heavyweight championâ<80><99>s arm in a splint for six weeks. The appendage will not need a cast. â<80><9c>Itâ<80><99>s not displaced, so the doctors think it will reattach in about a week and a half,â<80> said Couture.

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