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Recap of Randy Couture’s appearance on “Bubba”

By David Andrest

Randy and Kim Couture were a guests on this morning’s “Bubba the Love Sponge Show” heard on 102.5 FM Tampa and 105.1 FM in Jacksonville. They are in the Tampa area this week to do a promotion at Nordstrom’s in Westshore Plaza to celebrate Nordstrom’s carrying the Xtreme Couture clothing line in their retail outlets.

The crew talked about Kim’s first fight. Kim said Randy thought she won 2 out of 3 rounds of the smoker. Kim said she liked the pressure and felt comfortable from being around Randy and his fights for the last few years. It ws also mentioned that she will have her first amateur MMA fight on April 5th against Jessica Cruz, and she believes it will probably be broadcast on HDNet. It was also mentioned by the pair that Kim would like to get enough fights under her belt so she could possibly fight on the preliminary card when Randy finally gets a chance to square off against Fedor.

When asked his thoughts on the Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson fight at UFC 82 Randy s aid he was surprised that “Danny got handled” and doesn’t see anyone beating Silva at this time.

When asked about upcoming projects, Randy discussed “The Scorpion King” movie that will be coming out in August in which he plays the role of the Scorpion King. He also mentioned that he has two other movies that will be released in April. “Big Stan” which is a prison comedy, and “Red Belt,” an MMA movie by David Mamet. The gang had fun with Randy on the topic on love scenes in movies, and it was mentioned that his first ever on-screen love scene will take place in “The Scorpion King” along side his wife Kim.

When asked if he wagers on the fights at all, Randy said he had only bet on fighting once. And that was the Phil Baroni vs. Evan Tanner fight. He said Tanner was considered an underdog at the time and he felt he would win. Since then he hasn’t bet on any fights including his own.

The show expressed that they missed hearing Randy during the PPV’s and wondered if he had aspirations of broadcasting again. Randy said he looks forward to it and he would definitely return after his non-compete expires in October.

The inevitable topic of a fight with Fedor was brought up, and Randy explained that he
still wants to fight Fedor. Says Fedor is one of the best and is well rounded and explosive and that is why he wants to fight him. Said it was no disrespect to current UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira but he has been beaten by Fedor twice. Couture’s non-compete for fights end in July and said HDNet wants the Fedor vs. Randy fight.

Couture was asked if he saw any of the up and coming promotions making a run at UFC.

  • On Golden Boy; he said they could be VERY good for the sport.
  • On EliteXC; he said they have a long way to go with production value
  • On HDNet; is coming along slow, but is doing MMA right.

He was asked about Rampage vs. Forrest Griffin in July. Randy says the Griffin vs. Rampage will be a great fight, and as always people shouldn’t count out Forrest.

They eventually got to Couture’s departure from the UFC and they asked him if it was about the money. Randy said “no” and that it was all about respect. He said although he has been paid very well to fight for the UFC there is an issue with the money in general across the board. He says if you look at the big picture there is an issue. With fighter
pay being what it is, and all expenses coming from the fighters (i.e. hospital bills, etc.).

When asked if there needed to be a fighters “union or organization” he seemed to agree with the idea. He used Matt Serra as a perfect example. Couture said Serra was injured getting ready for a PPV title fight against GSP. Not only does Serra have to pay for his doctors and rehab bill, he lost the opportunity. He felt that organizations should have a way to better take care of talent and implied that some of the new organizations coming up will probably do so.

He also expressed that MMA is in need an independent organization to rank fighters so that the best fighters could be officially ranked and then promotions need to make the fights happen. Couture says growth and integrity will slow or stop if the top fighters are not allowed to fight each other.

Randy said Brock Lesnar has a ton of potential. And will become a force in the heavyweight division with some more time, and thought the match up with Frank Mir was a bad move on the part of the UFC.

In an interesting development, Couture spoke of trying to set up a submission grappling match with Kurt Angle. Said nothing was finalized. When asked if he would win, Randy
said he has kept his competitive edge up. Felt his body was in better shape with less injuries and that he is more experienced and feels he will win. The match could possibly take place in the Pro Submission League.

22 COMMENTS
  • Evan says:

    Why won’t anyone ever ask what it will take to get him to fight in the UFC again? I know people will say “nothing” but could someone at least ask? Such an obvious question that I have never seen anyone ask. Maybe I have just missed it.

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  • ufcfan says:

    randy is as bad as dana for changing his tune

    i respect him as a fighter and for how he helped mma grow
    but the way he conducts his business is terrible

    its fine to bring up completely relevant points about doctor bills/insurance etc. now but where was that last fall???

    all he spoke about last fall was the inability to sign fedor, the lack of “respect” (whatever that means), and pay issues.

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  • JEFF THE DRUNK says:

    GREAT ARTICLE- GOOD JOB BY JAEGER FOR THE RECAP AND AS USUAL,GREAT JOB BY BUBBA & HIS CREW FOR ASKING SOME GOOD QUESTIONS AND TALKING MMA ON A REGULAR BASIS. HOPE WE GET TO HEAR SOME OF THE INTERVIEW ON BUBBA’S SIRIUS SHOW

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  • bjjdenver says:

    Evan–

    All it would take for him to fight in the UFC again is….

    Fedor.

    Rent him, co-promote, anything and Randy would run back to the UFC.

    I doubt if we will ever see him in the UFC again, and I’m fine with that.

    Go fight fedor on HDnet (I’ll watch) and then retire.

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  • Ross says:

    By time Randy gets to fight Fedor, we may be able to have this fight on the mars..

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  • Evan says:

    bjjdenver

    You could very well be right but why doesn’t someone just ask him?

    “Is the door 100% closed between you and the UFC?”

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  • Ross says:

    The mars??- you know, kinda like The Iraq there for such as…..

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  • bjjdenver says:

    And Kim winning 2/3 rounds in the smoker??

    Umm…NO.

    She looked terrible and needs to go away. She blamed it on wearing headgear, which certainly could be distracting, but she ate so many punches, she should be thankful for it. If you can’t do better against a mother of 3 (if I remember the number correctly) from Canada, you probably shouldn’t be getting in a ring with legit fighters. That fight made Fightgirls look like the most violent thing ever!

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  • James says:

    I really feel that a lot of this stuff that is going on with Randy is because of his wife.

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  • bjjdenver says:

    Sorry Evan, that is what i meant, seems that I remember him saying he would only fight Fedor, whether it is in M1,Dreams, UFC or wherever.

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  • Gabber says:

    I don’t know, I think Randy fighting in the UFC is holding onto a dream. As much as I love Randy and love Fedor, it’s been showcased the UFC and other promotions will PPV’s and the show will go on. I think Randy is making a big mistake with this Fedor thing, he should have done the last two fights and not resigned with the UFC. He would have been fighting Fedor like July this year instead of tail end of ’08 – begining of ’09 (if it happens at all with legal proceedings). I doubt the UFC will be so quick to rush this contract through court as they did the non-compete clause. The longer they drag it out, the more the years pile up on Randy. He might be looking at 1.5-2 years of ring rust like Evan Tanner had on the weekend. I can see what the UFC is saying though, a cross promotion doesn’t really do much for them. Does the casual fan even know who Fedor is?

    Man, this whole Randy thing has been going on since October and it still makes me sad. :(

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  • Michael says:

    What is the level of disrespect that Randy feels? Where is it from? Man i wish he would just be upfront about why he left…

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  • Evan says:

    “What is the level of disrespect that Randy feels? Where is it from? Man i wish he would just be upfront about why he left…”

    Find a blog or website that managed to copy the entries made on the x-treme couture blog addressing this before they took it down and you will know why. Compare it to what is said today and it is a different story. They were complaining about such things as the UFC not getting them free hotel rooms and tickets for friends and family. Really petty stuff. There was more to it of course but that was part of it.

    Gabber – No kidding man…I feel the same way.

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  • Evan says:

    I found one blog real quick that talks about those entries…

    http://powermma.blogspot.com/2007/10/randy-couture-dana-white-never-bitch.html

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Don’t forget that Fedor and his management bear some responsibility for Fedor’s not signing with UFC. Sam’s recent interview with Monte Cox of M-1 pointed out the problems it has had with Fedor’s management, even after they signed with M-1. That interview suggested that regardless of Couture’s disputes with UFC, there was and is no guarantee of a fight with Fedor. Fedor and his management have some agenda that’s not readily apparent, at least not to me.

    Couture and his wife are co-starring in a Scorpion King movie. Reminds me of a quote from Bart Simpson to the effect that he didn’t realize it was possible for something to suck and blow at the same time.

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  • Lane says:

    Things that do not make sense in this world generally are a result of money. Randy is not motivated by disrespect, lack of tickets or the UFC not signing Fedor. He is motivated or unmotivated by money. Fedor is vitually inactive due to money. Dana White is making it hard on Randy because of money. With out us the fans none of these people would matter. So all three parties should have compromised at some point in order for the two best heavy weights to throw down period.

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  • Jaeger says:

    # 3 JEFF THE DRUNK

    Guess Randy had a schedule issue this afternoon. But I’ve got it on good authority that Randy and Royce are both going to appear on the Sirius Show tomorrow.

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  • Sam Caplan says:

    Both? Nice. Thanks for the update.

    And how could would it be if the real Jeff the Drunk read this site?

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  • Da Twin says:

    i think that if the fighters in a union and would be taking care of if they got hurt, then fighters will book fights then pull out saying they got hurt in training for that fight in realaity they just want there old injuries fix. Manny G. for ex. say he booked to fight someone he trains for a bit then fakes a sholder injury so he can get his sholder fix for free. thats what would happen a alot of fans would get piss off. like we are now from Liddell vs Rua.

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  • JEFF THE DRUNK says:

    #17 JAEGAR

    great news- they are promoting both randy & royce on todays show, should be two great interviews
    i hope brent changes his mind about getting into the bubbagon with royce for a demonstration of some subs, the ribs and song parodies that would follow would be hilarious

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  • JEFF THE DRUNK says:

    #18 SAM CAPLAN

    i agree, it would be way cool if the real jeff the drunk was an avid 5oz. of pain reader, but unfortunately jeff perfers 12oz of grains, barley & hops

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  • harleycon5 says:

    Randy had the highest of respect from the fans in the UFC. His pay should be signal enough of his respect from the management of the organization.

    Remember that after initially beating Chuck Liddell, he was then beaten twice and retired. Dana White happily allowed him to come out of retirement to face Tim Sylvia, an immediate title shot. Surely, quite a few people thought that Randy would get beaten, but he got his shot.

    I agree that Kim Couture seems to be playing Yoko Ono in Randy’s life. As you can see from his interview, he seems to be planning to have her fighting on a card with him on EliteXC IF he fights Fedor…and that is a big IF. Also, she seems to be in his movie “The Scorpion King” (Couture takes the roll vacated by “The Rock”? I don’t think they are in the same category, but we will see if Randy can act effectively)

    I think that Kim has been effective in her roll of promoting the Couture brand to a point, but in the end, this legal mess with the UFC does not suit his image. Up to this point, Randy has been viewed as “Captain America” but now seems to be moving into the area of disgruntled whiner, who is willing to fight for Mark Cuban, a complete punk who hates the US military and is not afraid to tell silly Bill Mahr about it any time he can. Perhaps Cuban can have Couture wear a Code Pink T-shirt on stage to promote his favorite cause…

    Further, I still think it is possible that Fedor could sign with the UFC, and then wouldn’t Couture be forced to fight him? After all, half of his claims are based on Dana White not being able to get this fight? If both are under contract, I don’t see how Randy can honorably bow out of a fight.

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