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Exclusive: Randy Couture Discusses ‘Expendables’ Role, UFC 118 Fight Against James Toney

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(Randy is one of those strong, soft-spoken types, and unfortunately my camera didn’t do a great job of picking up his audio, especially near the beginning. I recommend listening to this with headphones, at a decent volume.)

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture was in New York yesterday doing press for his supporting role in The Expendables, and I got a chance to point my Flip cam at him for about 10 minutes and ask stupid questions. Couture revealed the secret behind Sylvester Stallone’s cartoonish forearms, weighed in on which member of the The Expendables is the toughest S.O.B. in real life, and explained why this movie was important to his budding movie career.

Of course, we also discussed his upcoming UFC 118 fight against James Toney. The Natural gives his thoughts on Toney’s off-the-wall trash talk, whether or not the match is a "freak show," and how he’s been preparing for Toney’s boxing skills. Some transcribed highlights are after the jump…

On future movie roles: "I’ve been reading for a lot of parts, and I’ve not signed for anything yet…I passed on a couple of straight-to-DVD projects that don’t really head me in the direction that I want to head. I’m trying to be smart about the roles I select, and I want to be challenged as well. I don’t want to just be a thug, I don’t want to just cash in on the MMA notoriety in a theatrical sense. I’ve been studying for the last six years trying to develop some tools, put tools in the toolbelt, play characters and do some interesting things. That’s gonna take some patience, and making smart decisions at this stage of things. The Expendables is certainly going to help me in that area."

On the "freak show" label: "I don’t know about a ‘freak show.’ Maybe a ‘novelty’ fight, and that kind of depends on James. I certainly look at it as a real fight. If I stand around in front of this guy, he will knock my damn head off; I mean, that’s a very real threat. So I don’t know about a freak show. James running his mouth and doing all the things that he’s doing kind of makes it that…I still don’t see it as ‘boxing vs. MMA,’ but if James doesn’t bring anything else but boxing into that cage, then I guess that’s what it is, and that’s okay with me."

On our fear that Couture will try to stand and trade with James Toney: "I have no intention, and no illusion that I’m a world-class boxer. I’m a mixed martial artist, and that encompasses a whole lot of things, and I won the majority of my fights by taking guys down, putting them on their back, and punching them until they don’t want to be punched anymore, and that’s not gonna change."


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fatbellyfrank- July 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm
@ Ascerendant, pardon me if I've missed your point, but exactly what are you going on about.?
If its just a private joke with another poster just ignore my question
frndlylion- July 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm
I'm still rooting for a TKO by "side check kick"
Dick_Gozenya- July 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm
Good interview Goldstein.

James Toney via flying double gogplata. He knows it as "da Full on Spida-monkee".
Ascerendant- July 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm
Okay....YOU - the site constantly mocking reporters asking standard questions - are really asking Randy AGAIN if he feels added pressure because everybody else feels he's defending MMAs honor against Toney. This question has been asked in pretty much every interview concerning UFC 118 so far. I think in some interviews it was asked twice, then repeated in a different language a third time just in case Cotoure had a better answer in Suaheli or something.

Remember this the next time you feel superior!!11
ytrebil- July 20, 2010 at 11:33 am
Thanks Taterfan.
atom- July 20, 2010 at 10:37 am
Proud enough to sign your name, eh?
snookie cookie- July 20, 2010 at 10:22 am
Was he saying that Sylvester Stallone uses a Shake Weight?!?!
KimboSlice- July 20, 2010 at 10:21 am
Joe Rogan - So James, you defeated Randy in rd 1 via unleashing your 'freakshow'. How does it feel to beat a legend in such a dominate way?

James Toney - Well booba blobba beeba scooba blabbbaba

PotatoHead- July 20, 2010 at 9:42 am
That was an AWESOME interview, Ben!!! And thanks for avoiding the typical, worn-out, lame questions that have become so predictable.

Well, gotta have a smoke now, before pretending to go back to work. Damn, I love workin' for the gub-mint.
Taterfan- July 20, 2010 at 9:35 am
He says that Dolph was probably the more imposing figure, actually had a personal trainer with him at all times during filming. Says he also competes in full contact karate. Oh, on Sly's arms, he said Sly had some kind of workout device that he carried around with him all the time and used as some kind of stress reliever.
LargeMidget- July 20, 2010 at 9:25 am
good interview
Seoul Brother- July 20, 2010 at 8:53 am
Joe Rogan: So James - what happened after your truss exploded?

James Toney: derrrr [drool] derrrp

Rogan: How long will you be in therapy after your dislocated fupa?

Toney: baaahhhh [shits his shorts] derrp

Rogan: What's next for James Toney?

Toney: Yay! Ahma gunna go to White Castle!
Almost North- July 20, 2010 at 8:45 am
"Talk us through the replay Toney"

"mmphmpp hmmmhphh phmmm"

"Whats it like defeating a legend in your first fight?"

"mppasdfdsf mmmphghsh phmmirrrm"

"James Toney ladies and gentleman"

KimboSlice- July 20, 2010 at 8:41 am
What if Toney actually wins? I mean, I know he can
barely talk now, but could you guys even imagine his
post-fight interview?
ytrebil- July 20, 2010 at 8:35 am
Oh and what he says about Sly's forearms. Ta!
ytrebil- July 20, 2010 at 8:28 am
I can't listen to audio here...can someone tell me what he says about the other cast members being tough? Thanks.
maclaren- July 20, 2010 at 8:18 am
get a tripod
landOencagement- July 20, 2010 at 8:13 am

I think you're pretty optimistic. I don't see this one getting out of the first round, especially if Couture does what he says and puts Toney on his ass early.
NinJay- July 20, 2010 at 8:02 am
Thank GOD he knows he can't stand with him. Randy wins via ref stoppage 3:35 Round 2
jimbonics- July 20, 2010 at 7:51 am
Fun. That had to be bad ass to sit down with him eh, ben? Any nuggets that we didn't see on your vid?