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Some Lawyer Says It’s ‘A Toss Up’ If Randy Couture Ever Fights Again


(“I refuse to answer on the grounds that I might incriminate myself.” PicProps: Connect.in.com)

The simple fact that MMA Fighting.com got stuck talking to Randy Couture’s attorney/manager this week instead of the man himself is probably very telling about what’s going on in Couture’s world these days. Most fighters can barely scrape it together to hire a halfway-legitimate agent or manger (again, just having your girlfriend do it doesn’t count), while “The Natural” is able to dispatch this guy Sam Spira, who we assume has graduated not only from college but then took the LSAT, then graduated from law school, then passed the bar in Nevada. When you consider the sad truth that a lot of fighters don’t even know a lawyer – and no, War Machine, your public defender doesn’t qualify — that’s pretty pimp.

Especially if you can send him out to handle the media obligations you don’t want to do yourself. Hence, we actually kind of believe Spira when he tells AOL on Wednesday that it’s sort of 50-50 whether the 47-year-old Couture will be too busy and too famous trying to balance his new career as an actor (and entertaining "other opportunities") ever to compete in MMA again.


"I’d say right now it’s a toss-up,” Spira says. “If something came up that was interesting, he would fight irrespective of whether he got a meaningful Hollywood role. But there’s other stuff for him to do that’s MMA-related. I think many would be surprised at some of the things we are working on. So he doesn’t have to be actively fighting in the ring to remain active. Is it possible he may not fight again? Yeah, it’s possible. I’d say it’s a toss-up."

Given that, by MMA Fighting’s estimation, “The Expendables” has made “over $100 million domestically and around a quarter-billion dollars worldwide” there’s zero possibility they don’t try to crank out a sequel to that baby as quickly as they can. Also given that producer-director-HGH abuser Sylvester Stallone has seemed particularly smitten with Couture in a bunch of interviews he did after the first film’s release, there’s a pretty good chance that Randy will be in it. After that, where his acting career takes him is anyone’s best guess. On one hand, it seems like the options for a guy with the limited range and scarred up ears of Couture might be few and far between. On the other hand, if Jason Statham can do it, maybe anybody can.

It’s the “other MMA-related stuff” the Spira talks about that is the most interesting, at least to us. Things (that we know about) on Couture’s plate right now include his ever expanding gym franchise, partnering up with Jay Glazer on their MMAthletics workout regimen and gracing the cover of that EA Sports MMA game that seems to have so many websites in its pocket these days. To hear Spira tell it, we can only assume more ventures from Couture are on the way. 

But as MMA Fighting points out, Couture still has three fights left on his current UFC deal. Considering his sometimes rocky contractual relationship with the company it’s unlikely Dana & The Boys would let him skate on that without some kind of other airtight legal agreement moving forward. Nonetheless, Spira indicates that as far as actual MMA is concerned Couture is more interested in compelling personal challenges – read: money fights that are winnable for him — than actually fighting championship contenders.

"I’m not sure that Randy is focused upon whether or not he has another run at the title," Spira says. "If they said, ‘Will you fight Shogun (Rua) for the title?’ I think he would, but the title itself is not as important as the fight he’s offered."

With most of the UFC’s other active big names – Machida, Rampage, Rashad, Shogun, etc. — already spoken for, not to mention Chuck Liddell living in Napoleonic forced exile and Rich Franklin out rehabbing yet another injury, it’s unclear where the UFC would try to match Couture up next … though just off the top of our heads we can’t help but notice that Frank Mir is going to need somebody to fight, unless the UFC cuts his boring ass. Just saying.

It would certainly be entirely anticlimactic if one of MMA’s most storied careers ended with a whimper rather than a final shootout inside the cage. Of course, it would also be sort of appropriate for how Couture’s business arrangements have gone over the years.

Spira says they’re just "sorting through things right now," but as all things with Couture, they better be sure they don’t sort through them too long.

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Camilla9- April 19, 2012 at 10:52 pm
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danieiffelmaria- March 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Randy dealt 48 last June in last year. I know he's working on the recovery too, but I doubt what will happen when the movie is done, and those aggressive juices get flowing? if Randy comes back for one more "farewell fight", who would you like to see him fight?

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Ballkick- September 29, 2010 at 8:20 pm
Duckface=actual song
hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0ohT89flgc

Catchy tune, Autotuned for your listening enjoyment.
Your Dumb- September 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm
Hells yeah, I'm all for an Expendables Sequel!!!

I was wondering where the hell Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Steven Seagal were.

Just the thought of this has helped me understand what it feels like when doves cry.
fatbellyfrank- September 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm
Yup, every one of em, they could do what they want with me as long as long as were all naked and covered in baby oil, all smoken hot IMO
Cro mag- September 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm
Well no matter what you picky bastards say about the quality of those chicks, if I was Couture I would pop a little blue pill and turn each one of their vaginas inside out.
intercept440- September 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm
what ballkick is trying to say ladies......

Is that, if we want you to purse up your lips in an attempt to make it look like an asshole........

Well ....then we would just look at your asshole......and we wouldnt have to to try to keep looking you in the eyes, while trying to maintain a straight face wondering WTF is she doing with her lips?
Ballkick- September 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm
You’re a beautiful girl, why the fuck are you making a duck face
Thanks to you, I threw up, and I shit all over the fucking place
Duck Face
… Why you making that stupid Duck Face
Duck Face
I don’t know how this got started, but all you dumb bitches look fucking retarded
Its not beautiful, its fucking horrible, so take your lips and put it back to normal
Duck Face
… Why you making that stupid Duck Face
Duck Face
… Why you making that stupid Duck Face
Duck Face
Taking stupid pictures of yourself with a duck face, post it on facebook and myspace
So I can point and laugh laugh laugh at your stupid fucking duck face.
Fried Taco- September 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm
@ReX13 Maybe she's just saying that so you'll leave her alone.
Clyde- September 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Yes, it would be a shame to see Randy fade out. But then I'm sure we can all agree that it would be worse to see him turn into Ken Shamrock? I'm sure Randy can still hang with a lot of guys at 205 or at heavyweight, but I don't want to see him fight guys who he out matches just to protect him, and I don't want to see him served up as a stepping stone to some up and coming prospects and see him end up on the business end of a few patented Bones Jones spinning back elbows and talking like James Toney.

If he retires, I think it's a smart thing to do.
ReX13- September 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm
Speaking of hot MMA fighters, Elena Reid says she's engaged. **big frowny face**
ihateemo- September 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm
Oh my oh my. Some of my fave MMA ladies. And someone's creepy dad.
ReX13- September 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm
The women are: Gina Carano, Kerry Vera, Felice Herrig, and Dawn Boyd. Bad pic of Herrig and Boyd, too. Any of these women would whup my ass, so i ain't talking shit.

Not sure about the bald goofy guy, though.
2DaDeath- September 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm
Dude! What the FUCK are Randy's daughters thinking, posing with their father like that! That's just gross and illegal.
MoTropolis- September 29, 2010 at 12:27 pm
Its amazing how a normally attractive chick can make herself look beastly by trying too hard to look hot. That bitch looks like she is doing yoga with her torso all twisted up like that and what more can be said of the duck face that hasnt been said of Afghanistan...its bombed out and depleted.
agentsmith- September 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm
You bunch of losers, there are no fatties in that picture. The blond on the right clearly isn't tubby, look at her face. It's just a trick of the baggy sweatshirt.
agentsmith- September 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm
"On the other hand, if Jason Statham can do it, maybe anybody can."

Dude, did you see Randy's (minimal) screen-time in "The Expendables"? Jason Statham is Richard fuckin Burton compared to Randy.
danomite- September 29, 2010 at 11:56 am
I would like to have sexual relations with everyone in this photo who is in possession of a vagina.

Hopefully if they make an Expendables sequel it will be written and directed by other people and will star actors who can actually speak the english language.
Mofo- September 29, 2010 at 11:56 am
"fucking a fat girl is like UFC 1, anything goes and someone could even die."

+1

That stupid "plus one" internet meme bullshit doesn't even say it.

Well said! (There, now I sound like a white wig founding forefather)

Here here old chap! Jolly good show. Fat chicks gobble cock like it's pie a la mode.
Mofo- September 29, 2010 at 11:35 am
"Entertaining other opportunities"

In the court of law, this refers to the act of taking that nubile underage blond and tearin that ass up like the four winds (medieval torture device, comes in handy with those Girls Gone Wild).

HEY CP! How come no more War Machine Oz posts? ("He stopped writing them" is not an acceptable answer)
Viva Hate- September 29, 2010 at 11:34 am
Fat girls are only good at one thing, cock blocking.

Sorry fatties, just true.

Well, unless you are with them then its no hold barred, fucking a fat girl is like UFC 1, anything goes and someone could even die.
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