Randy Couture Discusses The Expendables, UFC 118 Fight With Ja – Watch more Funny Videos
(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."