Report: Randy Couture leaves the UFC!

Randy_Couture_leaves_UFCIn a stunning and shocking report, Brian Knapp from The Fight Network is claiming that Randy Couture has resigned from the UFC.

Yes, I said “resigned” and not “re-signed.” Sit down and take a few minutes if you need to.

According to the report, Couture is in South Africa filming “The Scorpion King – Rise of the Akkadian” and informed UFC president Dana White of his decision in an official letter.

It sounds as though the UFC’s inability to sign Fedor Emelianenko played a large role in his decision:

“I appreciate this opportunity the sport of MMA and the UFC has given me,” the UFC Hall-of-Famer said. “However, I’m tired of swimming upstream at this stage with the management of the UFC. It only makes sense at this point in my career to fight Fedor Emelianenko, and since he’s now signed with another organization, I feel like it’s time to resign and focus on my other endeavors.”

His abrupt departure deals a significant blow to the world’s most visible MMA organization. Couture was not only a beloved competitor – White once called him “the greatest fighter in UFC history” – but also a revered spokesman for a company that had long struggled to gain mainstream acceptance.

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23 COMMENTS
  • BearTap says:

    NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! SAY IT AIN’T SO RANDY!! SAY IT AIN’T SO!!!!

    *waits for “It ain’t so kid.”

    ………….

    NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    *weep weep* *cry cry*

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  • steve24 says:

    Thanks FEDOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • hankd says:

    Surprising…but not that surprising knowing how much he hates Dana White…

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  • steve24 says:

    Why does Randy hate Dana? What are you talking about?

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    WOW.

    WOW.

    Wow.

    I am speechless.

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  • hankd says:

    Surprisingly…but not a total shock since he hates working for Dana…

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  • hankd says:

    sorry about the double comment…

    and I’m not naming my source…

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  • Tanner says:

    Wow, I’m speechless too…

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  • dizzle says:

    well He’s able to make more money by acting in this movie.

    I think what needs to happen is before fedor signs with M-1 he needs to just go ahead and fight couture to see who is really the best…then they both retire and live happily every after.

    FEDOR FEDOR HE’LL NEVER BE BEAT
    IF RANDY DOESN’T WATCH OUT HIS FACE WILL RESEMBLE HAMBURGER MEAT!

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  • MJC_123 says:

    If this is true it could be the beginning of the end…And im not being over dramatic. The UFC to grow needed Couture in some form of another, every organisation needs its recogniseable stars. With Lidell down, Cro-Cop down, Couture now gone the only one left to turn too is Rampage and he isn’t fighting till next year.

    Sherk has screwed the lw division and Silva has made the middleweight division his own….Couture was the big name draw and a real figure of inspiration to people newly getting into the sport.

    Could this be the end for Dana and the UFC?
    Or lets hoping all of this is just a way of getting FEDOR and lets hope hes not really signed to M1…

    Say it ain’t so Randy…don’t leave

    (I realise I have written a right end of the world style comment but im actually gutted)

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  • jlayne3 says:

    Fedor should have stepped up to end this debate. I don’t blame Randy, but I do blame Fedor and the UFC.

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    Randy to M-1, anyone? Please? For the love of God?

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  • defsteve says:

    All speculation at the moment. I will believe it when UFC.com says so.

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  • Ben Fowlkes says:

    God, I hope he’s not putting all his eggs in the “Scorpion King” basket. That would be the worst reason to lose a guy like Randy.

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  • jaydog says:

    This is the first I’m hearing about Randy’s difficulties with Dana. But, if it’s been ongoing, he showed a lot of class in the way he promoted the UFC and allowing that promotion to share the glory of his achievements. Anyhow, Randy and Barnett should both sign with M-1. Everyone would buy it. But this ain’t the beginning of the end for the UFC. They’re just hitting their stride as the sport grows. It’s just a significant development in the growth of MMA.

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  • dice says:

    # # 2 steve24 Says:
    October 11th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks FEDOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yeah it is all Fedors fault. I agree, it doesn’t sound like it had anything to do with the UFC’s management. Lol

    # # 4 steve24 Says:
    October 11th, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Why does Randy hate Dana? What are you talking about?

    Does anyone really like dana other than TUF noobs?

    Once fedor signs with M-1 then there is a chance we WILL see him fight couture. Listen to what trigg had to say about fedor’s signing at fightopinion.com(the link is there anyways). They way the contract works is much different than a UFC contract would work. For example trigg makes it sound like fedor is still technically a free agent. He makes 1.1 million per fight and his manager rents him to the highest bidder. So if elitexc wants to pay him 2 million for a one fight deal then his manager makes 900,000 and fedor fights whoever.

    Hankd doesn’t need to name a source, the fact that UFC fighters were unhappy with dana has been reported before.
    http://www.mmapayout.com/2007/10/trouble-in-paradise-are-ufc-natives.html

    Its obvious now that randy was one of those stars and there is the possibility that some fighters may follow his lead unless the UFC gets its act together.

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  • Accomando says:

    Maybe this will be the first in a line of some big-time “Fuck you’s” to Dana White and UFC management.

    Who is next……

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  • ted dibiase says:

    why would randy fight for $250k when he can make millions “acting”

    especially when he has to hear about 2mil dollar fights being offered to fedor. this is a no brainer. dana white thinks hes god and hes paying for it

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  • ted dibiase says:

    end of ufc? youre retarded

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  • Johnny P says:

    God this Fedor thing sucks. He was only worth the money in Japan, which is a dead market, he wasn’t worth what they offered him, but only reletive to what other fighters got. He says no to fight for his uncle’s cousin’s friend or whatever and his crooked mob Red Team in Russia (and we all know they aren’t paying him all that money. He’ll end up poor and bitter). Meanwhile, the UFC pisses off Couture by not getting Fedor, yet offering him tons of money at the same time. So they lose both. This is not good. Not good at all. I’m waiting for the people to blame Dana White and his bias against Sambo season in 3-2-1…

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  • Leland says:

    Bravo to Randy Couture!

    Not only did he drop every single hint in the book to the UFC management that he wanted a fight with Dana White, but he basically said he wanted to fight Fedor next. Instead of listening to Couture and pushing past their gigantic egos and losing a bit of money to gain a lot of money in the end by getting Fedor, the UFC couldn’t get past the fact that they MAY lose some revenue at certain points of Fedor’s contract because of Sambo, and going back home, and other things that normal people do. So now, we lose out on seeing this matchup in the UFC, and Randy says goodbye because that was the last battle he wanted. He’s only been saying it for 6 months. Ridiculous.

    I commend Randy Couture for telling Dana White how it is, and what he wanted. He went out on top as well, and you can’t say that about many great athletes who have left their respective sports.

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  • hankd says:

    More…sounds like Randy will chase Fedor after 9 months…
    http://www.sherdog.com/news/news.asp?n_id=9455

    Dana chimes in…sounds like he thinks that Randy will still be under UFC contract…
    http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=news.detail&gid=8236

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  • Bdavis says:

    Can you hear it???????????That’s the sound of the air rushing out of the balloon! Randy had his finger stuck in the hole! Who’s going to plug the hole now?

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