Couture training with Silva

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

Randy Couture has a secret weapon for his fight against Gabriel Gonzaga – Wanderlei Silva.
 
According to the Xtreme Couture blog, the former Pride Fighting Championships middleweight champion is helping Couture brush up on his kickboxing and jiu jitsu in preparation for his UFC 74 bout against Gonzaga.
 
“It’s great to have him in the gym,” Couture said in the blog posting. “I’m anxious to pick his brain. To explore his training tactics and techniques. I’m also looking forward to building a rapport with him going forward.
 
“We had some good goes today. We were working out of half guard and the mount. He’s very tough in both positions.”
 
While training with Couture, Silva also took time to add more fuel to the rumour fire that he will make his octagon return at UFC 79 on Dec. 29, which he hopes is against Chuck Liddell.
 
It seemed a September fight between the two was a lock, but once again talks fell though. For the time being his focus is on helping The Natural prepare for Gonzaga.
 
“He’s strong on the ground,” Silva says in the blog post. “He has very good jiu jitsu and excellent stamina. He’s stronger than I thought.
 
“Randy is good for this fight. He’s ready. Very good boxing. He will win.”

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