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Randy Couture focused on films, not fighting, for early 2011

Former double-divisional champ, and Mixed Martial Arts icon, Randy Couture is trading in the cuts of the cage for the sort found on a movie set. Where that leaves his Mixed Martial Arts career is nowhere short of absolute uncertainty.

The last fans heard of Couture’s future was when he spoke to ESPN’s MMA Live, where he said, “You know, I’ve had an amazing year…my last two fights, in all honesty, were novelty fights. Not to take anything away from my opponents, but that’s the truth of the matter. They didn’t really matter in the division, they didn’t put me any closer to a title. And, you know, I have to make a decision at some point.”

Now news of the XTreme Couture founder’s still-expanding Hollywood career has come via a recent radio conversation with MMAJunkie, where it was revealed his next project involves a film called “Setup” with Bruce Willis that starts rolling in December which he will then follow up with “The Expendables” sequel in March.

“(MMA) is on hold for now,” he explained on the program. “You never know what (the UFC is) going to throw at me. We’ll see, and if it’s interesting, I might not be able to walk away from it.”

Couture is 19-10 and has won his last three fights, including a first-round submission of James Toney at UFC 118 this past August. He has also notched victories over Brandon Vera and Mark Coleman during the run.


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