According to my sources, the sides are not as far apart as you would think. There is growing concern within the UFC ranks that prolonged legal action will draw more attention to the bigger issue of this case, which is how MMA fighters are treated by organizations. The UFC would rather resolve things with Couture than keep the negative spotlight on themselves any longer. The recent comments by Roger Huerta in Fight! magazine shocked many within the organization who had no idea of his growing dissatisfaction. If you remember, The UFC's choice to put Huerta on the cover of Sports Illustrated was actually one of the things Couture mentioned as being a slap in the face from the organization he fought so hard for over the years. Now it seems the comments from the young lightweight are helping the aging superstar possibly get his freedom.
Most UFC fighters have quietly supported Couture in his quest to fight elsewhere. Huerta's comments, though, made the UFC realize the issue has festered and grown into a giant wart. Couture is very well liked and respected. No one wants to see him rot on the sidelines any longer. By working out an agreement with Couture, they hope to erase some of the resentment their fighters are feeling.
More changes will certainly come in the future, but for now it is the biggest step the organization can take to earn back the trust of their fighters.