Despite the ill-will toward "The Natural" -- as well as a debut loss -- Ryan Couture will get a second crack inside the Octagon when he tangles with former King of the Cage Welterweight Champion Quinn Mulhern at the UFC 164: "Henderson vs. Grant" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Aug. 31, 2013.
UFC officials announced the 155-pound contest on Wednesday.
Couture (6-2) was put out to pasture by former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 winner Ross Pearson as part of the UFC on FUEL TV 9 event earlier this year in Stockholm, Sweden, snapping a four-fight win streak compiled under the Striikeforce banner.
Standing in his way is a fellow Strikeforce convert in Quinn (18-3), who came up empty in his Octagon debut against the rough-and-tumble Rick Story at UFC 158. His first-round defeat to the "Horror" ended a consecutive win streak of three and convinced him a move to lightweight was in order.
Let's see if it pays off.
UFC 164 will be headlined by a lightweight title fight pitting reigning 155-pound champion Ben Henderson against T.J. Grant, while a heavyweight showdown between former champions Frank Mir vs. Josh Barnett heads up the co-main. Elsewhere on the PPV fight card is a pair of featherweight fights between Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier and Clay Guida vs. Chad Mendes.
Each of those bouts carries significant title implications.