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Classic Fight: Randy Couture vs. Jeremy Horn Rings: King of Kings 2000

(Video courtesy YouTube)

To say Jeremy Horn is "just a fighter" would be a major understatement.

The man is the epitome of what a fighter should be: A no-excuses guy who fights whomever, whenever.

We’ve all heard the stories about Horn driving from a fight in Illinois on to one in Indiana the next night, not for the money, but because he loved to fight and that’s where he had to go to do it.

Horn competed in his one hundred and tenth professional sanctioned MMA bout this weekend, defeating Brian Warren by arm triangle and improving his staggering record to 86-19-5. Although his current tally pales in comparison to Travis Fulton’s 198-46-11 and 1NC, in terms of quantity, the quality of wins "Gumby" has notched over guys like Chuck Liddell, Vernon White, Gilbert Yvel, Forrest Griffin, Dean Lister, David Loiseau, Chael Sonnen and Trevor Prangley and decision losses he notched against Randy Couture, Ricardo Arona, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Renato Sobral, Anderson Silva, are what distinguish Horn as an MMA legend and pioneer.

The video above is a highlight reel of Horn’s October 9, 2000 Rings: King of Kings 2000 fight with former UFC 205 and 225-pound champion, Couture, who even as a heavyweight couldn’t finish off the resilient natural middleweight submission specialist.

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macreadysshack- July 27, 2010 at 11:12 am
Damn, it's fun to watch two guys with great skills fight when neither has knockout power. The sniper in the stands won't save either of these guys very often. They just have to grit it out.

That said, I wonder if today's Randy would've been KO'd by Horn's right hook (wasn't paying attention to when it landed). It was on the chin and turned Randy's head. It seems like those punches pretty much always knock Randy out these days. Of course, Horn has light hands, but damn Randy's chin (actually cerebral spinal fluid/brain bruises) seems to have deteriorated. Every time I watch him fight now, I'm always waiting for that one hook that turns out his lights. It does make it more exciting. Who gives a damn about Superman if he doesn't have his 'kryptonite', which is actual kryptonite.

Please, lord, don't let James Toney touch that man's chin or temple.
Barc- July 27, 2010 at 10:59 am
Jeremy is the man. I worked for him and his Horn's Elite fight night a bit last year, and got to realize that he is one of the coolest dudes you could hope to know. So, here's to you O, Gurkhan of the guillotine. Because if balls were brains, you'd have a really, really big head.
jimbonics- July 27, 2010 at 6:53 am
God Bless Jeremy Horn
Zee German- July 27, 2010 at 6:34 am
Jeremy Horn is an absolute stud. Would love to see him in the bigger shows again, just for old times sake.
Charming Charlie- July 27, 2010 at 2:26 am
There are few things more aggravating than watching MMA in a ring, with 15 Japanese guys running around it ready to hold the ropes whenever a fighter bounces against them, followed by the ref killing the mojo for the subsequent resets into the middle of the ring.
omunto- July 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm
Horn was my favorite fighter back in the early UFC days. He didnt win all the time but I enjoyed his sytle of random attaks and submissions being thrown from everywhere.
Videodrome_NOW- July 26, 2010 at 8:07 pm
Jeremy Horn is one of the best guys I have known in MMA. I trained at Elite Performance and learned very quickly how respected he is for being such an expert and down to earth fighter. Kudos for giving Horn props.
uzithrasha- July 26, 2010 at 7:46 pm
How the funk has he not fought for strikeforce or any other b list promotions.
mustache ride- July 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm
He really did. For some reason I remember his hands bocoming sharper for him later in his career, but he looked really comfortable here.
andoy162- July 26, 2010 at 5:49 pm
randy is hella sharp in his younger years. !