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Randy Couture Is Going To Be With The UFC Until Judgment Day


(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.


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831 Son- August 31, 2009 at 5:45 pm
You are such a little pussy UFC fan. KILL YOURSELF.
UFC fan- August 31, 2009 at 2:59 am
clutchy hopkins shut the fuck up with your "tone it down " bullshit, you type how you like and I will type how I like.
Why dont YOU tone it down about Maia? don't tell people how to feel or type, or you will end up like 831 son.
clutchy hopkins- August 30, 2009 at 8:56 pm
ufc fan you seriously just sound too intense, you gotta tone it down a notch it seems like this has gotten to you a bit too much

but yeah, i think couture can fight for awhile against the right people. he can win against the right people too. but he cant take a huge smack to the head without staggering.

and also just cause i gotta say maia, what the fuck were you thinking? ahahha i was hoping for a longer battle out of that. nat was my man, but still.
RPS13- August 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm
the fight with nog was good, randy still looked impressive with his dirty boxing. i think nog surprised/impressed a lot of people.
ktronics- August 30, 2009 at 8:35 pm
Extreme Couture fighters have been taking a beating lately. Time for a new head trainer.
UFC fan- August 30, 2009 at 7:30 pm
AS I said guys age is a factor to everyone here but vegasdirt (but maybe he listened to vegas) and that stupid saladtosser from cali named 831 son, and while all he had to offer up was more wasted space and nothing relevant to the topic I can tell that 831 is all over Randy's nut.....oh and I can tell hes a cocksucker as well, but that's not the point.
The point is the NON old Randy wouldn't be happy to survive and have nothing left to prove and all those other great cliche's to make his fans feel so warm and fuzzy about yet another lose. The REAL Randy Couture wouldn't have lost, but the old washed up, super way cool to watch "gosh I respect him for not dying" Randy had a great time. How nice, now go fucking retire Old Randy you have nothing worthwhile to offer this division other than being a big name stepping stone for the lazy new kids,for beating your old " happy to be here ass".
831 son you can go back to suck-drying jocks at the gym now.
rockhuddy- August 30, 2009 at 7:19 pm
nice Gladiator reference
Joedirt- August 30, 2009 at 4:25 pm
Randy didn't look good. Yes he fought a top notch fighter... but... Randys striking is terrible. Randys arms looked like they were on strings... when he threw the left his right hand dropped... when he threw the right.. his left dropped. He can punch but man he leaves himself open. He would have been better to try and clinch and dirty box the entire time. I don't want to admit that age has caught up with the Captain just yet... but if he is going to fight... he should rely on his bread and butter... NOT standing and striking.
Savageleto- August 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm
I really enjoyed 102-

It was one of the better all around events this year in my book so far.

Sure Randy was a bit slow... still put on a great fight... got out of some incredibly difficult positions from an obviously healthy and more resilient Nog then we saw against Mir.

I hope to be in 1/10th that sort of shape at 46.

EzMoNeY- August 30, 2009 at 1:26 pm
hey, speaking of fighters acting professional/classy at 102, i was watching at the rose garden, so i dont know if they showed this on tv, but did you all see the part were Thiago Silva stood over top of Keith Jardine and unloaded about 5 fake gun shots to his head? everybody went nuts for it in the rose garden, wondering if anybody else did
reddog- August 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm
@jerokov tg

"The only noteworthy heavyweight he ever beat was Tim Sylvia"

And Kevin Randleman, Maurice Smith, Pedro Rizzo, Vitor Belfort, Gabe Gonzaga

What you meant to say is "The only noteworthy heavyweight he has beaten since Ive been old enough to watch MMA is T Sylvia."

But I agree with you on him now needing to drop down. He is big at 205. He may have a shot at the title there.
Jarekov The Great- August 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm
Randy looked slow from round 1, i don't think he would have any chance at clinching and holding it with Machida. He would have to be very aggressive to get into a clinch, and Machida would take advantage of that.

I respect the hell out of him, but after seeing Randy fight big nog, i think he needs to rethink continuing to fight. And if you can cut to 205 why the hell are you fighting heavyweights anyway. The only noteworthy heavyweight he ever beat was Tim Sylvia, and i always thought Tim was the worst heavy weight champion in ufc history.
ccarter- August 30, 2009 at 11:55 am
Yeah... about Handy's relevancy... I don't think it matters much, he said that he's not out there to prove anything, and that he's done everything in the sport he wanted to accomplish.

He said he's just in there for teh competitive side of him, and i really believe that, he didn't seem upset after the loss, he seemed like he went out there, had fun, didn't get finished and I think he thrives on it.
stingrza- August 30, 2009 at 10:48 am
Does anyone know who Randy's cornermen were for this fight? Outside of Tompkins? I didn't recognize either the ponytailed muay thai coach or the enormous giant. Anyone?
baldmidget- August 30, 2009 at 10:35 am
I'm still reeling at how it was possible for Randy to lose since Nog clearly has his best days behind him and has nothing to offer couture in the way of opposition and is his worst possible matchup.

Randy is now irrelevant (as he was) other than bringing in dollars. the Fedor fight is irrelevant now since he would get his asshole kicked off in the first minute. It would have been that way before, but now after 2 losses it is much clearer.

Him and Chuck can hopefully get some other over the hill fighters signed and start their "interesting but meaningless" division designed to bring in dollars.
Fight Fan- August 30, 2009 at 10:14 am
As long as it takes to hopefully set up a fight with Fedor. Hopefully they both stay relevant and interesting until then. I think they will. Or with sound managing, I think they could.
VegasDirt- August 30, 2009 at 10:10 am
Ah I see your point my fellow Vegan. Your right, he won't be making any "relevant" run at a title and yes that's because his ass is old and over the hill. BUT... He can still put on a sick ass fight worth paying for. Something that can't be said for a shit load of fighters out there these days.
VegasDirt- August 30, 2009 at 10:05 am
Relevance is really pointless here. The only thing that matters is who ever is on the ppv card I buy fights there ass off and literally puts on a show worth paying for. UFC Fan how is age a factor when a guy who's 46 battles harder then 90 percent of his youthful counterparts. Randy proves age isn't a factor, that was a war and like I said previously I'd pay to see him go to war another 10 times if he puts on that kinda show. Dana White only cares about a good show. Hes not out to kill Randy. DW just wants the people that buy tickets to the show and ppv to feel like they got their moneys worth. Randy can make that happen.
Vegas- August 30, 2009 at 10:04 am
I think we're all going off different ways here.

Age is relevant to Randy when they talk about him going down and making a serious-esque run at LHW.

Randy put on a hell of a show last night, and I respect the shit out of the guy. But honestly, if you think age hasn't started taking a toll on him, there's some head examination that needs to take place. His speed has declined, his chin got tested multiple times last night. And he still recovered great, escaped the subs, but even with how well he did, age is now a factor. And it will be 100% by the time that 28 month contract is up.

Any talk about how relevant Randy is at this time is directed at his future run at LHW (or even HW), VegasDirt. Not at how the actual card turned out. Just because the fight is enjoyable doesn't mean it's relevant, tho. Neither does the fact that both of them fought their asses off. What makes them relevant, at least to me, is how you look at their performance lastnight, and visualize where they go from there. My point was Randy won't go too far in LHW, or HW from here.


831 Son- August 30, 2009 at 9:42 am
You are a complete retard UFC fan. Die fag.
UFC fan- August 30, 2009 at 8:58 am
Anyone who thinks age ISN'T a factor needs his head examined.
Sho-nuff have you ever seen a fight of Coutures when he was YOUNG? I thought not.
You know the difference between "captain contract" and Chuck Liddell?
Dana White likes Lidell, He couldn't give a shit less about Captain-quit with a title cause Im-a bitch-Couture. White will gladly throw his old ass to the young lions for 8 more fights, who cares if he gets beat up? White will milk every ounce of drawing power he can outta Randy and watch him turn into babbling dementia patient like Muhammad Ali.
I look forward to every beatdown that randy will get.
scumbag- August 30, 2009 at 8:54 am
In my humble and often ignorant opinion I think that 102 was a great show. We got too see a lot of fights with some really good finishes. We saw alot of respect, class and professionalism from the fighters. And i love the way big nog keeps calling couture---- handy.
Sho Nuff- August 30, 2009 at 8:36 am
Randy can't be faulted for his fight last night. He fought one of the best fighters in the world and gave him a helluva war. Anyone that thinks age was why he lost needs their head examined. Randy fought great last night. AgentoftheBat is spot on, he fought with tons of heart, a great gameplan, and never gave up when caught in those ugly submissions. Randy impressed the hell out of me last night. I am a huge Minotauro fan, he's my favorite fighter (along with Machida), and I loved the show of respect these two had for one another after the fight. There's no shame in putting on a great fight and losing to one of the top fighters on the planet.
Vegas- August 30, 2009 at 8:29 am
I love watching Randy fight, but how relevant can he be? He won't be the top of the LHW, he might get a shot, but does he really stand a chance against guys like Machida, or Silva if he decides to go up to 205 for more than just an every-other-fight spectacle?

There will be a lot of good fights, and maybe if he drops some weight he'll look a little better than lastnight. Well, faster than lastnight, I was still impressed by his recovery and escapes from the subs, but how relevant will he really be?
AgentoftheBat- August 30, 2009 at 8:17 am
Randy is old as hell but he still looks better out there than half the guys on the roster. If he drops to Light Heavyweight there can definitely be some interesting fights there. Last night I was blown away at how much bigger Nog was.
But still, Randy got rocked a number of times and was locked into some serious submissions and somehow got away. There aren't many guys out there that can do that. I'll cheer for the guy against anyone.
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