I may get flamed for this but I just don't think that Randy Couture has "leverage" with the the UFC. He is a UFC icon, he's held titles and he's popular.
But if he had the type of leverage that this article is speaking of he would have been appeased the first time and not left to Affliction.
I'd have to say that ATM leverage goes to..
1.) Anderson Silva (Dana would never give this guy up)
2.) GSP (His trainers have openly talked bad about Dana and he's received no backlash from it. Were talking about Dana White, no extreme response is unheard of from this guy.)
3) Forrest Griffen (The first TUF contestant to really climb from the bottem to the top and add validity to TUF)
4.) Chuck Liddell (We've always known this)
5.) Wanderlei Silva (if he beats Page) if not, they could try to write him off as never being as good as he once was
6.) B.J. Penn
7.) Brock Lesnar (He's being groomed make no mistake)
8.) Thiago Alves (His prescense is undeniable, plus Dana loves talking about him)
9.) Michael Bisbing (He always gets good shows and it looks as if Dana genuinly likes the guy)
10.) I'm at a loss for #10. It's not easy to have leverage with the UFC
Once again leverage in the sense that I'm talking about it is being able to have an angle to succussfully negotiate with against Dana and the UFC. Maybe I'm wrong?