http://mmajunkie.com/2007/12/20/ran...1-globals-couture-emelianenko-fight-proposal/ Randy Couture: UFC Rejected M-1 Global’s Couture-Emelianenko Fight Proposal Posted by MMA Junkie on December 20, 2007 at 9:52 am ET UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, who recently resigned from the UFC and is awaiting for his fight and employment contracts to expire with the organization, made a last-ditch effort to organize a fight with former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. However, UFC executives turned down the plan, which would have called for a co-promotion between the UFC and the upstart M-1 Global organization. That’s the word from Couture, who spoke to our friend Steve Sievert over at the Houston Chronicle‘s Brawl Sports blog. According to Couture, he didn’t sound terribly surprised that the deal was rejected. As Randy Couture told Brawl Sports:“We got an official offer from M-1 to the UFC to do a co-promotion for the Couture-Emelianenko fight, and they (UFC) rejected that offer. Really, the only thing standing in the way for that fight right now is Dana and the UFC. Obviously, M-1 is happy to do a co-promotion like that. It only serves to help them. I think the UFC is looking at it the other way, and it’s like why do we want to help out another organization? The fans want to see that fight. At some point, you have to put that first.“M-1 Global was recently purchased from Emelianenko’s manager and restructured by a group of American investors. The company’s first order of business was signing Emelianenko to a long-term deal back in October. As for Couture, he resigned from the UFC in October over what he perceived to be a lack of respect from the organization. He also cited the UFC’s inability to sign Emelianenko as a reason for the resignation. After all, a victory over Emelianenko is about all that Couture, a 44-year-old UFC hall-of-famer, says that he has left to accomplish in his decorated career. So what’s next for the champ? MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported over the weekend that Couture is simply awaiting for his fight contract (July) and employment contract (October) to expire before he considers other opportunities, including a possible fight with Emelianenko outside of the UFC. Couture told Sievert what he told us last weekend: that he and his lawyers are under the impression that he’s free to explore outside opportunities once his UFC contract expires in October — a point that UFC President Dana White claims isn’t true.