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Kim Couture Turns Promoter, Josh Barnett Heads Back to Japan After Affliction Cancellation

(Kim Couture at the first “Night of Combat” show in June; thankfully, she’ll be behind the scenes this time. Photo courtesy of Mike Responts via MMA Junkie.)

With Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” card postponed, the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas was left with an open spot on its event schedule — which has been filled by a new MMA card, thanks to none other than Kim “Sugar Free” Couture. According to MMA Weekly, KC Concepts (a shadowy outfit headed up by Randy’s wife) in partnership with boxing promoter Skip Kelp’s Superfights MMA have snatched up the October 11th spot at Thomas & Mack. Two Xtreme Couture fighters who were slated to fight at “Day of Reckoning” — Jay Hieron and Mike Pyle — will now compete at “A Night of Combat II,” as well as a host of other mid-level names. Tickets are available now, and the lineup is looking like this:

1. Mike Whitehead vs. Alan Goes (205)
2. Jay Hieron vs Bryson Kamaka (170)
3. Mike Pyle vs. Brian Gassaway (170)
4. John Alessio vs. Gideon Ray (167)
5. Josh Haynes vs. Steve Byrnes (185)
6. JJ Mix vs. John Halverson (155)
7. Mike Dizak vs. Erick Uresk (155)
8. Patrick “Kui” Gonzalves vs. Ryan Lamareaux (145)
9. Ian Omalza vs Ryan Hass (135)
10. Elana Reed vs Stephanie Palmer (115) swing

Not too bad, considering the most expensive ticket is $53. I wonder if Ozzy will still show up…

Related: “Day of Reckoning” headliner Josh Barnett is also moving on with his life. He will reportedly fight at Sengoku 6 (November 1st; Saitama, Japan) against an opponent to be named later. The event will be co-headlined by the semi-finals and finals of Sengoku’s lightweight grand prix, featuring Satoru Kitaoka, Eiji Mitsuoka, Kazunori Yokota, and Mizuto Hirota.

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KTFO- September 23, 2008 at 2:48 am
If you think she looks rough here you should see her after Randy gets a few 7 & 7's in him. Woo doggy! I'd wager she's seen more than a few peruvian neck ties in her day.
Scott Whitt- September 21, 2008 at 7:56 pm
The guy above me is a moron.
Why is KC Concepts a shadowy outfit? Are the run by former CIA agents that mysteriously died in the first Gulf War? I get that you don't like her but still. I do like that they kept the prices affordable. there are some decent fights and it will not break the bank to see them live.
Kim Couture is a cunt- September 21, 2008 at 5:59 pm
Reference my name, dumb bitch. Should be blackballed from the sport.
patrick norton- September 21, 2008 at 3:59 pm
Good to see Sengoku will have Barnett fight for them. They\ve had excellent cards with probably a bit less better quality of foreign fighters than DREAM.

Fighters should fight whoever and whenever they can and not be tied to a promotion.
This is great news.
Nothing stopping Barnett from fighting in the next Affliction card.
Old, Bald and Irish- September 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm
@ "Bdizzle"

Dude, I'm jealous! I gotta get back to Vegas...

You know how everyone has their list of things they wanna do before they die? Well, I removed going to the SuperBowl from my #2 spot and replaced it with attending a live UFC event in Vegas.

#1 is the Great American Beer Fest in Colorado.

I'm not even interested in going to the SuperBowl anymore. I've spoken to several people who have attended and they all said it was EXTREMELY over-rated. Since 9/11, security is such a pain. They said a corporate sponsored SuperBowl party in a host city is the best way to watch "The Big Game".
Bdizzle- September 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm
Sweet I am going. You can meet alot of fighters at this event and seating is that bad at all.
Old, Bald and Irish- September 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm
Did Kim Couture retire? Is she just promoting now?

After her "jaw splitting" fight, I would have retired!
Norremo- September 21, 2008 at 1:45 pm
I guess I don't hate Kim "Yoko-Ono" as much now since Randy is back in the UFC.

She still cost him a full year of fights but I'll let it slip as long as she doesn't do it again.