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Randy Wants a Shot at the Winner of Shogun-Machida

(I guess we’re not the only ones.)

Well, you can’t ever say that Randy Couture is an underachiever.

In an interview with MMA Weekly Radio this week, the former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion said that he wants a title shot within the next six months against the winner of this weekend’s bout between 205-pound kingpin Lyoto Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

"I think within the next six months I’d like to be in line to fight the winner of the Machida/Shogun fight," Couture told MMAWeekly Radio host Damon Martin. "I’m going to be in Montreal to watch that fight very attentively. I think it’s going to be a great fight."

Like "The Natural," I too have some lofty goals that will probably never come to fruition, like hitting my lottery numbers and winning a Pulitzer for my CP body of work.

I know that asking for a title shot is nothing new in the fight game, but come on Randy. In your last four fights at 205, you subbed two aging veterans in Mike Van Arsdale and Mark Coleman, were knocked out by Chuck Liddell and stole a decision from Brandon Vera. Your next fight is against an MMA newcomer, who is no spring chicken himself and who a win against will neither raise nor lower your stock in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Why not ask for a contender so you can earn a title shot, instead of resting on your laurels, past performances and name to get one?

I can’t see him getting his wish, but stranger things have happened. Regardless of whom the UFC decide to match Couture up with after Toney, they have no shortage of apt opponents. I realize that the sun is setting on his career, but I’d like to see him convincingly get by a few legit fighters like Rashad Evans, Quinton Jackson or perhaps, more intriguingly, a guy like Anderson Silva, before putting him in line for a title shot.

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phantom56- May 9, 2010 at 7:49 am
randy wants to fight everybody. he wanted to fight fedor, he wants to fight anderson, brock, and now machida/rua. You know what? who cares? he is old, his style is boring and he has already gotten WAY more title shots than he deserves. he needs to retire and stfu
cecils_pupils- May 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm
Mr. Misanthropy says: "....So, fuck Cecil People's, he obviously don't know shit about kicks, and not only will leg kicks end a fight, but body kicks and liver kicks will do the trick too. See what you get for calling yourself Cecil? It's like you're his official representative. Straighten that motherfucker out, son!"

Sorry for the late replay - it's been 'hit-and-run' with my posts lately... i'm definitely not reppin' that fucktard, it's more like the sarcasm of it... "if I could only see what he sees then maybe i'd understand why he.... nah!"

But I couldn't agree with you more Misanthropy. I have been an MMA fan for a long time, but after that fight I was so pissed that I decided to start posting. That is why I took up the name cecils_pupils... cuz that motherfucker can't see shit, and don't know shit about MMA. Doing kung fu and being in 70's blacksploitation films somehow qualifies him to be a referee/judge. That's the joke of it all... when the fans can score a fight better than the so-called judges... it's bullshit.

So yes, homie, I'd like to straighten that mofo out... with a nasty ass leg kick!
Mofo- May 6, 2010 at 6:22 am
ohhhhhhhhh shit.

"Run Forest Run"

That's just fucked up. I laugh and I cry.

Yeh, if you're a striker, that's how you're gonna beat Lyoto: well-timed kicks. And yeah that was Aldo's strategy too. It's just another way of taking away the other guy's main weapon (same as throwing them on their back). Smart game plans.

"That's why there's three referees!" (kizer you jackass)
Mofo- May 6, 2010 at 6:12 am
Haha... dude after a few months off, right now I'm like Big Country *without* the cardio. (And not as tall.)

I guess if I were a fighter the MMA press would call me Lil Country
rlh61- May 6, 2010 at 6:11 am

You summed up exactly how I feel in your "serious for two seconds" post.

We see this in all sports from a shit-load of legends. There is something about the competitive drive these guys have that keeps them coming back. Of course some are doing it for dire financial reasons (Coleman, Shamrock and a bunch of others), but the majority are the ones that can't let it go. Favre is an exception in that he still plays at a high level, but the same thing is going on with him.

These guys need to take a page from the Howie Long book. He went out when he was at the beginning of his decline. I read somewhere that Howie said he would retire when he stopped making pro-bowls. He missed it for two years in the early '90's then made two more including his last season. He said he just didn't feel he could compete with the top talent anymore and moved on. The dude's a class act, went out near the top and never tarnished his legendary status. That's how you want a legend to go out.
Run Forest Run- May 6, 2010 at 5:13 am
Before this article I wanted nothing more than James Toney to be thoroughly embarassed for stepping in the cage. Now, however, I hope he gets one win first.
fatbellyfrank- May 6, 2010 at 4:34 am
@jgrant, Mofo, seriously, Machido is a genuine Sumo? thats fucken impressive
fatbellyfrank- May 6, 2010 at 4:26 am
@ Misanthropy, Apparently Urijah Faber completely agrees with every one of your points
Mr_Misanthropy- May 6, 2010 at 3:12 am
Cecil's pupils-

I just rewatched the Shogun/ Machida 1 and it made me think about ol' Cecil. His whole "leg kicks (fill in your own derogatory comment here).." thing was double off-base. Not only do leg kicks end fights, as has been demonstrated on CP many times before, but the whole deal with Shogun/ Machida 1 was BODY kicks. In the beginning of round one Shogun lands a number of brutal body kicks to the left side of Machida's body, as well as a number of punishing knees to the inside and outside of the thighs. By the second body kick in round one Machida's abdomen is red (approx. 4:13). This pattern continues for the remainder of the fight and is indeed indicative of Shogun's gameplan right from the beginning of rd 1. Re-watching this fight for like the tenth time, I was struck by the overall lack of any meaningful offense from Machida, other than a couple of single shots in rds. 2 & 3.

In conclusion, not only do leg kicks decide and end fights, so do body kicks. It seemed as if Machida started to find range and get in the flow towards the end of rd 2, but it was already too late because Shogun had destroyed Machida's base. He simply could not drive for meaningful shots without his legs and core. Its strange that Cecil would talk so much shit, as body shots (choppin' down dat tree) are well respected in boxing.

So, fuck Cecil People's, he obviously don't know shit about kicks, and not only will leg kicks end a fight, but body kicks and liver kicks will do the trick too. See what you get for calling yourself Cecil? It's like you're his official representative. Straighten that motherfucker out, son!
cecils_pupils- May 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm
IMO the only way Randy should get a title shot is by defeating either Rampage or Rashad... and he ain't done that. Shit, he barely eeked out a decision over Brandon Vera and choked out Mark Coleman. Title shot? Ummmmm, no.

The last time he won more than 2 fights in a row was in 2001. Stick that in your dirty boxers, homie.
fatbellyfrank- May 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm
@rampageisgod, beg to differ my friend, I myself, when I take my shirt off look like a smaller version of Roy Big Country nelson, or in a pinch Paul Buentello
RwilsonR- May 5, 2010 at 10:45 pm
Unearned title shots suck!
Imagine getting a title shot after only two wins in the UFC, losing that title shot, then getting another one shortly thereafter, and only fighting to a draw. So instead of continuing to earn your way back up by fighting challengers, you then decide to go up a weight class, and despite your lackluster showing in title matches in your original weight class, you are somehow granted an immediate title shot at the higher weight. You win that match, but then leave the UFC for a couple years due to a dispute, and upon your return you are put into a number one contenders match, which you lose... but then are still granted a title shot. You lose that title fight, so you decide to drop down to your original weight class to fight a washed up old veteran, where you get a win, which somehow gives you an immediate title shot at the belt in this weight class. You win, then defend the belt once, and amazingly are granted an immediate title shot in the weight class above and the chance to hold two belts at once. Except you get absolutely embarrassed in the fight at the higher weight class, so you lick your wounds and win another fight in your original weight class. Then you lose your next fight, and your belt along with it. But again, you are given an immediate rematch to earn your belt back.

Talk about unearned title shots! But that isn't Randy Couture. That is BJ Penn's career of not earning his title shots. So if a spoiled whiner like BJ can get that many title shots, I'm cool if they throw a couple more Randy's way.
Harry Sack- May 5, 2010 at 9:19 pm
Takedowns do get overvalued in MMA. Nothing against wrestlers but its waaaaaay harder to knock a mf on his ass with a kick or a punch.
Also, there is NOTHING intriguing in any way, shape, or form about Couture Vs Silva.
And furthermore, there is NOTHING intriguing whatsoever about drinking your own (insert bodily fluid here).
rampageisgod- May 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I doubt any of us are in the same condition or as competitive as any of the top MMA fighters regardless of age, so I guess we should stop commenting on any fighter.
Mofo- May 5, 2010 at 9:10 pm
Yeah, I know about the sumo. I just haven't seen anyone really test him on that yet. I mean, I'm a huge Machida fan, I'm not saying anything negative about him. Been a fan since his first UFC fight. Just sayin I always thought only a wrestler can attack him where he may be less clever.
dranokills- May 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm
Randy Randy randy raaaandy, how many times must you be told just because you can take down these young chicks and fuck em does NOT mean it works the same with the guys. retire man, just put your old bald head out to pasture. I don't even wanna see you fight mumblemouth
Ratel- May 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm
I see it like this: I want him to win as well. I've watched and admired him for years. Still, he's what - 46? There's your showstopper right there.

See, when we say we'd love to see him win that belt one more time before retiring, it's like keeping that sick relative alive with the machine. They're unable to speak, move, or do anything independently. Every second of their lives is severe pain, and they are terminal. Everyone knows that as soon the machine is turned off, the body will shut down and they will die.

And still we keep the machines going, *for ourselves*. It's not about us, it's about them.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm
That being said, maybe I can whip up a LHW WAMMA title for Couture. I'd have to go check in the garage, but I think there's a box in there somewhere with the spray paint, foam rubber and vinyl I used to make the last one I was commissioned to do. I think they gave it to that Kevin Fedorline character at the Hungarian Grammy's or something...
Mr_Misanthropy- May 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm
I never tried to call Randall Duane Couture an underwearacheiver and I would appreciate it if you didn't make these flagrantly ridiculous and baseless accusations about my person or character, Cageporktato editor guy.
iDestroy- May 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm
Lol. Hell yeah. Age is just a number my friend.

Especially when you're talking about age of consent. She might have been 15, but she acted like she was at least 15 and a half.
fatbellyfrank- May 5, 2010 at 7:09 pm
@ Idestroy, yeah, I know, still fucken immature though
iDestroy- May 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Dude.. You're old.
soupersalad- May 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm
FYI, all it takes to be Pulitzer Prize nominated is a $50 entry fee. You may not win, but you can always introduce yourself as a Pulitzer Prize nominated author, so you can't lose. It won't get you laid, but it will separate you from the other 7,000 out of work journalists you'll be competing for jobs with once the newspapers all fold (get it? fold? like a newspaper does?) and maybe get you an interview out of curiosity. In fact, I might just submit this for consideration for the "Commentary" Pulitzer.
jgrant- May 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm
Mofo, I hope you know Machida is an accomplished sumo wrestler. So it's not like he couldn't deal with Randy's greco-push-against-the-cage-because-I'm-too-old-to-take-someone-down.
6pakofdwarves- May 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm
I like Randy, he is a GREAT fighter and legend. BUT, 3 wins against the likes of Coleman, Vera and possibly Toney in no way puts you up for a title shot. I say have him fight the winner of Chuck vs Franklin and if he wins dominantly then let him have his title shot. But both Rampage and Rashad have better fights and the winner of that fight should get the title shot.