Former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture (16-9 MMA, 13-6 UFC) admitted he would be open to bouts at light-heavyweight if the matchup proved interesting.
Couture made the declaration on Friday at a special Q&A session set up for UFC Fight Club members.
While Couture had been recently linked to a potential fourth bout with Chuck Liddell when the UFC makes its German debut in June, "The Natural" said that fight was not currently in the works.
"That was rumors," Couture said. "I asked Dana myself, 'What's all this crap about Germany and Chuck Liddell?'
"That's the Underground, dude. It's just rumors."
While Couture would later put an additional obstacle in the way of a potential June bout with Liddell when he confirmed his commitment to a movie project, the 45-year-old did say he would be open to bouts at 205 pounds.
"I could do [cut to 205 pounds]," Couture said. "I'm walking around at 225 (pounds), the same place I was when I went down to light-heavyweight before. So it's a possibility if an interesting fight came up there, and it made sense."
Couture said he wasn't concerned with title fights, just bouts that made sense to him and the public.
"It's more about what's interesting and what makes sense in the matchup," Couture said. "Accolades and titles and all that other stuff kind of take care of themselves. I don't worry too much about that."
Couture also said that his willingness to drop to 205 pounds wasn't in response to the huge size disadvantage he faced in his November title bout with new champion Brock Lesnar. In fact, although many MMA observers have recently suggested an additional weight class to break up the 60-pound range of the current heavyweight division, Couture told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) that he's fine with the current arrangement.
"I don't know that we need a 220 pound weight class, necessarily," Couture said. "It probably wouldn't hurt my feelings. But I kind of like the heavyweight division.
"The variety of sizes of guys is something that makes the decision very interesting. The bigger guys pose interesting problems. The smaller guys have other things they have to think about, too. I don't think that we need another weight class, necessarily."