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[EXCLUSIVE] Randy Couture Responds to Steven Seagal’s No-Rules Deathmatch Challenge

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By Elias Cepeda

A while back, retired legend Randy Couture joked that the only way he’d come out of retirement for would be if the UFC offered him a fight against Steven Seagal. Let us repeat that: It was a joke.

Couture is a four-time Olympic alternate in Greco Roman wrestling and one of only two UFC fighters in history to hold world championships in two different divisions. Seagal is an actor and aikido master whose success in real fights is officially undocumented, although his on-set altercations have become the stuff of pants-crapping legend.

The action star has hung around the best fighter in the world, Anderson Silva, for the past few years, however, all the while claiming to coach Silva. It has been hilarious to observe, and Couture’s joke about fighting Seagal clearly played on Seagal’s many audacious claims about his own fighting and coaching abilities while passing himself off as an MMA expert.

Predictably, Seagal didn’t see Couture’s tongue-in-cheek statement as such during a recent interview on The MMA Hour. “I always thought that Randy was my friend and a gentleman. I’m kind of confused as to why he would say that,” Seagal said on the show.

“All I can say is, I’m here. Anybody can find me anytime and anyplace. If Randy really wants to fight me, he can fight me anytime he wants. It’ll be for free, and it’ll be some place where there are no witnesses.” When asked if this hypothetical match would take place under MMA rules, Seagal told Ariel Helwani, “I don’t play by rules. That’s not how I fight.”

Since Seagal’s poor self awareness and lack of humor allowed for him to talk about him fighting Couture as a real possibility, we thought it would be fun to give “Captain America” a call and get his reaction to it all.

“I’m the one that started the joke as an off-handed comment I made to Jay Glazer — that I’d only come out of retirement if it were to fight Seagal. Obviously now somebody has talked to him about it and it has gotten some legs,” Couture chuckled to us over the phone today.

“I’m not surprised that he wants to do it in private, remote location where nobody could see it happen. Obviously I intended it as a joke. I don’t think it would really happen.”

Couture is clearly bemused by the actor’s ominous-sounding statements. Asked if he was intimidated by Seagal’s claim that the fight would be truly no holds barred, Couture neatly replied, “I don’t think that changes the nature of the fight at all.”

So it’s safe to say that Couture is not going to take Seagal up on his battle-to-the-death challenge, then, right? “Hey, it could happen organically I suppose,” Couture ended, simply.

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macreadysshack- December 9, 2012 at 8:52 am
I have a certain amount of respect for Seagal. Actually, quite a lot of respect. He's led a very interesting and accomplished life. I just get the idea that he is really and truly Lost in Translation. Sometimes he seems to be a good-humored, fairly humble (yes, I really have seen that in him) and grounded real true martial-artist. Other times, he seems to lose the plot to life so completely that he borders on caricature. Does anybody know if he's bi-polar or something? I mean, he's an odd guy but sometimes he seems cool and other times his processes seem completely fucked up. He truly is a confusing and strange dude but I think I like the world a little better with him in it . . . just nowhere near me.
BaghdadBob- December 6, 2012 at 11:01 am
Randy Randy Randy, why are you allowing yourself to get suckered by the biggest troll in MMA history? DON'T FEED THE TROLL, RAN-DAY!
dave577- December 6, 2012 at 1:13 am
O Chan that was some funny shit haven't seen that movie in a long time
Mr_Misanthropy- December 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm
Stephen Seagull sucks at life.
O Chan- December 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm
Anybody seen Randyyyyyyyyyyyyy????
Anybody know why Randy did Bobby Lupo?
I'm going to keep coming back, until somebody REMEMBERS seein' Randy.
RwilsonR- December 5, 2012 at 11:16 am
I love how someone always mentions Seagal having the fastest hands. If you took away all of the dramatic music and fancy cinematography, his movie fights would look a lot like this:
Supersneeker- December 5, 2012 at 10:16 am
The only move randy is susceptible to is the crane kick Machida caught him with, and i would suspect the days of Seagal getting both feet off of the ground are far behind him.
teep- December 5, 2012 at 10:03 am
" I am kind of confused..." This is a statement Seagal makes everyday!
masterbaitntackle- December 5, 2012 at 9:03 am
The Fertittas, D-Dub, and Joe Silva needs to make this happen......the lead up to this fight would be awesome....Captain America & The Master of The 3-Word Title "Ass-Kicking" movies?(Hard to kill, above the law, under siege two.....) They can show a clip on UFC primetime of Randy training with his son and Steven training with DMX or something
Pen Fifteen- December 5, 2012 at 7:39 am
Good points everyone, I'm sure that Steven Seagal would approach a fight in real life just like he does in the movies. Thanks for clearing that up for me. Here I was expecting that Seagal would probably have a razor blade-tipped credit card for Couture during their back-alley throwdown, but that's just so unrealistic!
RwilsonR- December 5, 2012 at 7:16 am
Also, I'm not as up as some on here as to exactly which of these traditional martial arts came first, so forgive my ignorance - when Steven Seagal uses his Austin Powers-style "judo chop", would that in fact be an "aikido chop"? And would Seagal's stand-up-straight/no-foot-movement/no-head-movement/aikido-chop style be too much for Randy's boxing and wrestling if Randy did indeed choose not to run wrist-first into a choreographed flip?
RwilsonR- December 5, 2012 at 7:04 am
Look, I'm no Aikido expert, but I'm pretty sure if you don't run straight at Seagal with wrists forward and ready to jump into a choreographed flip once he grabs said wrists, then you've already defeated about 90% of what he has to offer.
ArmFarmer- December 5, 2012 at 6:18 am
I guess there are still people around that haven't figured out that movie fighting is for movies, and soldiers are efficient killers with weapons, not their hands. Seagal, Navy Seal, whatever.. Couture would crush them to pieces with one slam and hard elbow to the jaw.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 5, 2012 at 2:59 am
Steven'd just have three of his deputies tase Randy, cuff him, and book him into the Jefferson Parish jail with the other miscellaneous crack heads and rabble rousers.

I fought the law and the law won!

Twinkies are the best friend that I ever had...
dave577- December 5, 2012 at 2:52 am
Only way randy could win is the only way he ever dose take them down lay on them for the whole round and tap them in the face to get points. If the fight stayed standing with seagal for longer than 30 seconds seagal would kill him even now at 60 years old he has some of the fastest hands in the world you have to respect that and under stand he's been training to fight for 44 years , compared to Randy's 10.
Joedirt- December 5, 2012 at 5:48 am
You're joking right?
Pen Fifteen- December 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm
Obviously my query as to where you could find such things was rhetorical. Indeed, it is precisely because such things are contrary to the sanitization of real fighting by MMA that they remain mostly unknowable. And let's be clear: I agree that Seagal is being overly sensitive about this shit, and wouldn't stand a chance against Couture in an MMA-rules fight. But, that has fuck-all to do with a life-or-death situation, which it behooves us to understand is not just something "anyone can do," as you suggest, but actually relies on its own particular skill set. And regarding that skill set, I'd give Seagal a pretty fair shot against Couture.
crappiefloper- December 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm
Seagal would win, via dim mak death touch. Unfortunately, this would occur 5 days later, right around the time seagal woke up in an ICU.
Deadpanda- December 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm
First off, there is no forum that easily hands you information on mortal fighting systems, sorry. To get this information you have to talk to surviving veterans, read the news and, you know, culture yourself around people that actually do this.

Secondly this 'real fighting' you seem to hold in a high regard is nothing special. Throat crush, wrist bite, eye gouge, clavicle break, small joint manipulation, inguinal ligament, bla bla bla. Anyone can do that & people who know what those moves do don't brag about using them in fights over their pride.

Apparently it would take me a thesis paper & an act of God to convince you of this so just go on thinking he might come kill you in your sleep if you don't hold his skills in high regard.
Joedirt- December 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm
Seriously I would buy the PPV that has SEAGAL VS JCVD. I would. I would buy the sh*%#t out of that.
Pen Fifteen- December 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm
Perhaps you can direct us toward a forum anywhere in which no-rules ass-kicking can be seen. Once again, there is some general conflation of MMA with "real" fighting, and this idea that somehow traditional martial arts are just quaint relics of the past, and that anyone who adheres to them is, ipso facto, not a legit ass kicker. Just because the UFC claims it is "as real as it gets," doesn't mean that is actually true.
dipsetkilla316- December 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm
Lesnar aint so bad, except when he assumes the fetal position
dipsetkilla316- December 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm
@ el guapo lol ur funny
crappiefloper- December 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm
I HATE Lesner. This was a great little comment section till he got mentioned
El Guapo- December 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm
His name is Steven, and yes... Sensei invented the crane kick. He said so himself.

And thank you for addressing me properly, Dipset. Using that roughneck gibberish with me has consequences and repercussions, nawmsayin playa.
dipsetkilla316- December 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm
@el guapo you really think Stephen invented that?