MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Video: Randy Couture Talks Fight With Machida, Possibly Facing Shogun, Maynard’s Draw With Edgar and Sonnen’s Legal Woes


(Video courtesy YouTube/MMA30tv)

When the UFC announced a few weeks ago that Lyoto Machida will be facing Randy Couture at UFC 129 in Toronto on April 30, an intriguing hypothetical situation arose, prompting the obvious question: What happens if "The Natural" beats "The Dragon?"

On paper, Machida, who was robbed of a decision over Quinton Rampage Jackson at UFC 123 in November after losing the light heavyweight belt to Mauricio Shogun Rua in May at UFC 113, is probably the UFC’s number two light heavyweight contender at the moment behind Rashad Evans, making  the announcement that he will be facing an odds defying game plan master like Couture in his next bout somewhat of a head scratcher.

The cost vs. reward ratio is skewed in Randy’s favor.

If he beats the 47-year-old nearly-retired former champion, he beat a 47-year-old former champion, which shouldn’t raise his stock much in the UFC’s light heavyweight class. If he loses to Couture, he’ll have lost three fights in a row and will likely be relegated to fighting mid-card against Krzysztof Soszynski in his next bout, while Couture will likely get a crack at winning the UFC 205-pound belt for a record fourth time in his career by facing Shogun.

Although he says that he isn’t specifically fighting to win a title shot, Couture is cognizant that a win over Machida would put him in line to face Rua (the other fighter besides Lyoto that he named as being the two opponents he would take a break from acting to face) for the title.

In the interview above with MMA30′s Dave Farra, Couture talks about how he plans to bring the fight to Machida and also touches on some topics near and dear to him, including why his protegee Gray Maynard was somewhat sluggish in his UFC 125 fight with Frankie Edgar and his former Team Quest stablemate Chael Sonnen‘s recent rash of bad decisions.

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Stak40- January 13, 2011 at 6:26 am
Man, I read that "Machida got Robbed" comment and skipped the rest of the story and headed straight to the comments section to call BS. Then I saw many of you have already got that covered. Good shit!
NinjaVanish- January 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm
Machida got robbed? I've heard people say this site is starting to slip in it's level of journalism, shit like that proves it.
MediocreThreat- January 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm
Couture reads CP
Get Off Me- January 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm
The author of the 123 aftermath article thought Rampage deserved to win that fight....

I said it then and I'll say it now, my friends had it for Rampage, I had it for Machida and so did Rampage....the look on Rampages face when the winner was announced was sincere, watch the fight again and tell me exactly where Rampage tried to finish the fight more than Machida at any given point?

Rampage got credit for stalking Machida, he did not outstrike him, for once agression was rewarded by the judges and Rampage won....Machida fought the formula that wins in MMA hotbeds 99% of the time, this was another example of what happens with Judges outside of Vegas, Montreal etc... with inexperienced comissions appointing inexperienced officials, just look at Dunham v. Sherk in Indiana...This decision was controversial and Rampage stealing the win from Machida would be a most appropriate assesment, but Machida was not robbed, he had that one coming, just like I hope if A.Silva tries to back pedal from Vitor all fight that Vitor can steal the win based on agression.

RSparrow- January 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm
Rampage is just cool like that, just like he said Forest beat his ass, when it really wasn't that one-sided.

He definitely wasn't robbed, if you don't wanna take a chance, finish the fucking fight. Period. End of story. (Got that Nam Phan, you my friend got the biggest douche of all)

Something about a chic holding a gun just doesn't do it for me... now a big black dong on the other hand... (right purpledickmeat)



ghostboner- January 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Not robbed at all. If he had been trying to win that would be one thing, but trying to avoid fighting at all costs and then expecting to be considered winner? Sorry Lyoto, but piss off.

I do agree though that Lyoto has nothing to win and everything to lose here. Sorry Lyoto, but taking this fight with Randy, urine a bad spot.
Sloppyspray- January 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm
Glad a bunch of people had the same thoughts I did! First thing I thought after reading this was "Wow, anytime someone loses a close decision CP thinks its a robbery now." I'm of the opinion that it was not a robbery, just my 2 cents.

And now all of a sudden anything Rampage says holds water and has any kind of weight behind it?

And, i dunno if this is how it is in Canada, but where I'm from technically stealing does not always = Robbery. Robbery is always stealing but not the other way around.
El Guapo- January 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm
^^Do not...taunt... the gods. Can't stress it enough, folks.

And the more I think about it, the less inclined I am to believe Lyoto puts The Natural out to pasture like I first thought. The Dragon hates pressure like MRuss hates Mounties and Randy's specialty is roughing people up on the inside. I can see him grinding Machida down. Downtown. Downtown to Chinatown. I'll stop now.
rampageisgod- January 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm
Well it goes without saying that I think you're wrong. Plenty of fighters/athletes say something other than what they think for the sake of humility.
Mike Russell- January 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Even Rampage thought he stole the decision.STEALING=ROBBERYRampage acknowledged afterward that he didn't think he deserved the decision."Machida whooped my ass tonight," Rampage said afterward. "I considered that an ass whipping.""I think that's what the judges were thinking," Rampage said. "I think it was so close it was unfair to Machida. Even if I don't want to, I have to give him a rematch." 
Maine Blazer- January 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm
This is going to turn into a conversation/debate/insult-a-thon, so I might as well throw in my two and a half cents: Machida was most certainly not 'robbed' of a decision. Rampage won, in my opinion, the first two rounds, even if it was hair thin. And to get a 10-8 round, you gotta do what Maynard did to Edgar in round 1 at 125. So yeah... that's all I got.
Bill Jackson- January 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm
I would say robbed. I was glad someone else actually said it.
Clyde- January 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm
Yeah, robbed isn't the word I'd use either. At most, short changed but I'd say that was fair. Two rounds to one; it's not always ideal but I believe someone must have explained the scoring system to him at some point.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm
Did you really put that Lyoto got robbed in the fight with Rampage? Not really. Oh and First.
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