(Even Couture’s best Jughead impression failed to impress the judges. Photo courtesy of the LA Times.)
Turns out that all our speculation as to what the UFC might do with Randy Couture for the last fight on his contract is now totally obsolete, because Captain America has re-upped for another six fights and twenty-eight months. The extension will take the 46 year-old conceivably into early 2012, when we assume that UFC events will be held somewhere deep within the earth in order to help fans get their minds off the harsh, post-apocalyptic hellscape on the surface. Said Couture:
“I am going to take it one fight at a time as I did 12 years ago when I first started this thing, and we will see where that goes. Obviously I didn’t have the outcome that I wanted [tonight] but I still had a good performance overall. I think I did a lot of things that I trained to do in this fight tonight. We will evaluate that, see what I need to improve and we will take it one fight at a time.”
Dana White said he’d leave it up to Couture to decide whether he wants to compete at heavyweight or light heavyweight going forward, but threw out his own opinion that Couture is “a monster” at light heavy. Considering that he weighed in at 220 pounds for this fight at a time when the young crop of UFC heavyweights seem to be tipping the scales a lot closer to the 265-pound limit, that’s not a bad idea. Hell, even Mark Coleman is making a living as a 205-pounder at the moment, so how hard could it be?
But wait a minute, if you’re thinking that this opens the door for a fourth fight with Chuck Liddell, you can forget it. White expressly said that he doesn’t think there would be much interest in that fight, though he admitted that Liddell was texting him about fighting again all night, adding, “when he is done dancing I am sure he is gonna come looking for me.”
Yeah, that’s what he says now, but wait until he gets a taste of the adrenaline rush that comes with dancing to big band tunes on network TV. You foxtrot awkwardly with a woman and the crowd will applaud and love you for that. You may even begin to love them for that.