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Old 05-15-2008, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Why is Minotauro still the INTERIM champion?

Seeing that the next TUF season is not only to recruit new talent, but also give the spotlight to 2 heavyweights, why hasn't Couture been stripped of his title yet?

Does Couture, really need to have his title, to still stay in UFC? This comes off to me, as a little disrespectful to Rodrigo.
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Its the UFC's attempt to keep him under contract so any they have leverage when any lawsuits come up.
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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^ Correct. There's some contract restrictions with champions, smart move, maybe bushleague though.
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Yeah thats probably why but I feel bad for Nogueira. I consider him the champion but he doesnt get the official title because Randy and the UFC are having their childlike squabble. It is not like there is anything Nog can do about it, he is more than willing to fight Randy but Randy thinks he is too good for him or whatever. I still like Randy but I wish he would just fight Nogueira.
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Something tells me Nogueira doesn't give a shit and just wants to fight Couture. Nobody can knock Minotauro for not taking a fight or choosing opponents.
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Part of Randy's contract says that as long he is still the champion, he cannot fight for any other org, or do anything else. So... the UFC doesn't want to release him as champ.

I think that Nog might be the interim champ for quite some time.
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Can you imagine if Nogueira loses his title before being recognized as the "official" champion? I know it's not likely, but still... I found this is extremely disrespectful to Nog, Randy should be stripped of his title, champions don't have the right to chose opponents or duck them for that matter.
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