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Randy Couture Unsure About Fighting Future; Says Acting is His New Priority

(Video courtesy YouTube/MMA30tv)

When Randy Couture‘s manager and lawyer Sam Spira was quoted in an interview last week as saying that Randy may have fought his last battle inside the Octagon, people weren’t buying it, but it looks like "The Natural" is considering retirement from MMA for real this time. 

When asked by MMA30 Radio  host Dave Farra during his show last week whether or not he is going to fight again, Couture hesitated before answering.

"Uh. I don’t know. I’m not sure. I’m not sure what the UFC has in store for me. I’ve been working on trying to find a new movie part recently, but little success there," Couture explained. "So we’ll just kinda wait and see."

I guess Hollywood felt the same about his performance in The Expendables as everyone else.

As far as Couture’s Contract status with the UFC goes, Randy explained that he still has fights owing, so whether or not he’s just angling for a bigger payday or if he really thinks he has the chops to be a successful thespian remains to be seen. 

"I have three fights left on the contract. I’ve always taken fights one at a time. We’ll just see what happens. They’ve been keeping me pretty busy these last 12 months — I’ve had four fights in the last 12 months," he said. "I know they’ll probably throw something else at me and we’ll go from there."

It’s no secret that the goal of every fighter is to win and retain the belt in their respective division. Couture has done that in two divisions and says that he isn’t convinced he can do it again.

"Uh…I mean..I just don’t know. We’ll see. I’m trying to honestly evaluate that right now and see how many wars I’ve got left in me," he said, earnestly. "There’s definitely some wars in the [light heavyweight] division, so…"

As far as acting goes, he says that he feels the same about the profession as he does the first few months of married life.

"I think [movie acting] is certainly what my interest is right now. I’ve had an amazing year, and I think it’s time to start looking at that, for sure," he explained. "That’s probably what’s going to carry me through for the next 10 or 15 years."

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AshRo1- October 5, 2011 at 4:45 am
Very nice and lovely blog post. Thanks for sharing.
jamesmedley- September 30, 2011 at 2:33 am
This really is really the Randy “The Natural, Captain America” Couture Workout. Randy was already 48 this year and even though he already outdated from UFC, he retains one of the better physique we at TMD had always respected. Randy might be the 4th inductee in the UFC Hall of Fame. Randy doesn't have the finest muscles within the mass of muscle building world but he didn’t create the UFC tales status without nothing on his title. Randy is only the most broadly used Martial artist in the world maybe because even though he’s old, he still packs a punch. Circuit Training Randy uses what's often known as circuit

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fatbellyfrank- October 11, 2010 at 7:35 pm
Maybe he could do a romcom with Melanie Griffiths something along the lines of " When ugly ears meet fucked up surgery lips" or he could be the new Walker, Texas Ranger, Don Johnson's sidekick in anything, or in any boxing movie he could be the broken down cauliflowered ear ex boxer who sweeps the gym in return for lodgings and comes out with philosophical musings at poignent moments in the flick.
Or the thug who gets blown up in straight to DVD action flicks, I dont know whadda I look like a freakin Hollywood agent,
I've got it, the remake of the Elephant Man
Mr_Misanthropy- October 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm
Randy Couture and Lou Diamond Phillips in "The Expended"! Coming soon to a DVD discount bin near you!
DARKHORSE06- October 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm
I am familiar with the work of Eric Roberts, he is a fine actor as well, but way way better than Randy.

I think with a little effort and practice Randy will be at the acting food chain like an elder statesman male Meryl Streep.

Maybe soon we'll get to hear all about it on Inside the Actors Studio.
mDino- October 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm
watch it guys, I model my whole life off of Chris Klein.
RwilsonR- October 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm
@ darkhorse - you have Frank Stallone on your list, but didn't know Clint Howard? Next you'll tell me you aren't familiar with the catalogue of work from Don Swayze and Eric Roberts. So much better than their siblings!

Also, did you mean Abe 'Vigoda'?
fACE7biter- October 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm
I've yet to see Randy show any real acting chops, what kind of roles does he think he's going to get? An almost 50 craggly looking guy with Toxic Avenger ears who can't act? Those are hardly in high demand in Hollywood. He'll get a few straight to video action films but thats about it.

He should do another 2-3 fights and call it a career. My wishlist for Randys last run:
1. Vs. Cro Cop at a show in Europe, preferably Germany. Either guy could retire immediately afterwards.
2. Vs. Stephan Bonnar. You don't want Randy to go out on a whimper, so why not put him up against another vet who can't have a boring fight. Considering Bonnar lost to Coleman not long ago, this would actually be competitive.
3. Vs. Rich Franklin, was supposed to happen at UFC 115 anyway.
cecils_pupils- October 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm
Let's do a lil' run through of Randy's revenue streams:

MMA and related sponsorships
Extreme Couture (gym and clothing line)
Dirty Boxer
Tower 200

Yeah... Randy's prolly bored of counting his money and needs something besides a long line of dumb blondes to stay busy. I know, how about a cooking show? I can see it now:

Next on Food Network, UFC fighter and actor Randy Couture shows us how to make a homemade spiced banana loaf for the holidays.
DARKHORSE06- October 11, 2010 at 11:51 am
@ rwilsonr -

I had to look up Clint Howard.

I'm not gay... but if I was in prison with Clint Howard he would definitely be #1 on my Prison Radar.

Him and Abe Bagota.
DaltonSwayze- October 11, 2010 at 11:03 am
@Smitty Hot damn, how did that happening? I be wanting sorry for Potatoteers
RwilsonR- October 11, 2010 at 10:57 am
@ darkhorse - where the hell is Clint Howard on your list?

Although I do agree with Chris Klein. Chris is quite possibly the most dynamic leading actress we have seen since Molly Ringwold.
Smitty- October 11, 2010 at 10:31 am
I won't forgiving you for saying "won't forgiving".
Fried Taco- October 11, 2010 at 10:28 am
LOL @ the Roddy Piper tag - Randy only wishes he could be as great of an actor!
DaltonSwayze- October 11, 2010 at 9:57 am
I won't forgiving him for burning Stone Cold alive.

Also, he sucked in the Expendables
DARKHORSE06- October 11, 2010 at 9:47 am

Second Bitches!
DARKHORSE06- October 11, 2010 at 9:47 am
First Bitches!

Randy is a great actor.

My all time list:

#1 - Screech
#2 - Paris Hilton
#3 - Frank Stallone
#4 - Cindy Crawford
#5 - Chris Klein
Boo- October 11, 2010 at 9:44 am
Randy couldn't act himself out of a paper bag.