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Randy Couture’s Pursuits Outside of the UFC to Include Specialty Combat Sports TV Channel Owner


(Is there anything Randy can’t do? No wonder he’s Joe Rogan’s hero)

When Randy Couture announced he would be retiring from MMA after his UFC 129 loss to Lyoto Machida, speculation about what “The Natural” would do next quickly began. Some guessed that Couture would be involved in initiating a fighters union while others hypothesized that the UFC Hall-of-Famer would be offered a job similar to the one bestowed upon Chuck Liddell after “The Iceman” called it a career last year.

MMAPayout is reporting that Couture, who wasted little time in diversifying his post-retirement portfolio is now a minority owner of the new Fight Now! TV combat sports-themed television network and will be involved with the specialty channel to an unknown degree moving forward.

I spoke with someone I know who is involved with the start-up station a few months back and he indicated at the time that Randy was attached to the project, but didn’t indicate to what degree.

The network is actually the brainchild of the founder of The Fight Network, Mike Garrow and is backed by Channel Zero, an independent Canadian broadcasting and media group whose properties include several specialty movie and XXX channels. Both Couture, who worked at the station during his first short-lived retirement and ‘Big’ John McCarthy were on-air analysts with The Fight Network.

There’s no word as to what programming will be licensed to the channel, but Garrow helped secure multiple contracts to air PRIDE, K-1, Affliction and Bodog events while with TFN, so there is a good chance he’ll follow suit with his latest project.

According to the MMAPayout story, the first cable service to offer the channel will be Cablevision in New York who will start carrying Fight Now! TV on May 24. The report quotes a story from the Sports Business Journal that states that, like its predecessor, Fight Now! “will include all combat sports — including boxing and wrestling — but will focus on mixed martial arts”

The SBJ story states that the offices of the station will be based out of New York, but from what I’ve heard they will have two offices — one in Las Vegas and one in Toronto.

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Mike Russell- May 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm
I started out with TFN after a short stint at a UK-based magazine that went under and I hate to see the network fail, but they have gone downhill the past few years. I cancelled my subscription and haven't watched in two or three years. Honey wrestling and 1988 ballroom boxing episodes didn't make it worth it for me.
Get Off Me- May 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm
@MRuss
I remember Mauro trying to get into the WWF back in the day, he never made it obviously but that was his passion.
The guy defaulted to MMA and while I respect that he has paid his dues in MMA I never thought much of his contrived act.
Playing the end of a PPV fight on network T.V. but the punishment does not fit the crime, it's just as bad as what the CP team is dealing with.
I know TFN ain't gonna go on much longer in it's current state, I have seen all the dreams,tko's(over half live) and MFC's there are to watch.
Mike Russell- May 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm
Get Off Me: Read the reasons why they got blacklisted here:
http://www.cagepotato.com/big-john-leaves-fight-network-mauro-ranallo-outed-as-scumbag/
Mike Russell- May 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm
Maybe Randy will be their golden ticket to behind the scenes UFC access.
edhedicus- May 16, 2011 at 5:56 pm
TFN can't get credentialed because the showed naked pictures of one of the ring girls that was in Playboy before the issue came out. Wait, that can't be right. Who would be stupid enough to do that????
Get Off Me- May 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm
^That and don't let Linland host a show, he has the personality of a dead moth.

@MRuss
I love the Fight Network and it just bothers me that they got the DW fuck you. I understand Loretta Hunt and the other hack writers, but as if TFN was harming or even profiting off of the little UFC footage they used for their shows. It's just lame because I like concept of the network and how it covered mma and showed fights all the time.
They just got Tough Enough...come on now.
skeletor- May 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Yeah I would have to agree that the Zuffa monopoly extends far into the footage of all of the defunct fight leagues they previously showed. Now that they own Sf and Bellator is already commited to MTV2 whats left? This channel will have a small but devoted audience that just cannot sustain itself for too long.
agentsmith- May 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Didn't The Fight Network just rebrand/relaunch themselves too? So now these two will be competitors?

I guess there's room in the US market, but in Canada there's already HDNet (all the JMMA, K-1, MFC, and others), The Score (Bellator), and Rogers Sportsnet (UFC), so there's basically nothing left but the bushleague stuff. Have fun fighting over the scraps, guys.
Mike Russell- May 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm
TFN isn't allowed to use UFC content because they screwed it up by using clips without permission way back when. That's the main reason they aren't credentialed either.
Get Off Me- May 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Dana's not gonna like that one bit.
One thing that bothers me is that The Fight Network is not allowed to use UFC content, even with the ticker exemptions and shit. I wonder what Dana has in store for negotiations with Fight Now TV, bet they can't wait.
RwilsonR- May 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm
What, do you mean Dana didn't jump to make Randy another lucrative post-fighting job offer after Randy spit in his face after the first time he gave Randy that option?
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