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***RANDY TURNS DOWN FIGHT W/ NOGUEIRA***

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***RANDY TURNS DOWN FIGHT W/ NOGUEIRA***

Postby FEDORisGOD » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:53 pm

In a meeting with Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White last Tuesday, current heavyweight champion Randy Couture turned down a proposed title defense against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81 on Feb. 2, 2008.

There was also some fence mending to be done at the meeting. Following Couture’s resignation from the UFC in October, the two went a couple of rounds through the media, disputing the basis of the resignation. With the meeting, Couture said he was able to air out the issues addressed in his decision and looks forward to a cooperative relationship with his employer of eleven years.

“We’ve cleared the air, and hopefully we’ll move forward with some sort of relationship,” Couture said. “I’ve got a lot of fighters and a lot of things that hinge around mixed martial arts and the UFC as well. I want to continue to work with them and I think that they want to continue to work with me, so we’ll figure out how that happens.”

The magnitude of response to his resignation shocked the five-time UFC champ.

“This whole resigning thing took on a life of its own,” he said. “There were 72 media outlets trying to get a hold of me. [I was] on the cover of Yahoo, it was just insane to me. I figured I’d go away quietly, maybe MMAWeekly would cover it, Full Contact Fighter or something like that would do a blurb on it, but it would be confined to the small niche… of mixed martial arts. Truly a testament to how big the sport has gotten by the reaction of me stepping down.”

Since then, Couture has been busy taking meetings for multiple film projects he is slated to begin work on in the next year. He still wants to fight No. 1 ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, but says his UFC contract makes it unlikely.

“Obviously I have a contractual obligation with the UFC. There’s been some haggling and things going on with all that, and Fedor signing with M-1 made the possibility of that fight very difficult because of that and because of those contracts,” he said.

The experience has underscored his need to take a step back from full-time fighting and focus on his personal life.

“I think more than anything at this stage of things I want to slow down a little bit,” Couture said. “I’ve been burning it for three or four years now … I want to take some time and go on a vacation, spend some time with my wife. We’ve been married a year now and we’ve been together very, very little in that year; it’s been crazy. It’s been difficult on us. I’ve got a nice house and I don’t even get to spend any time in it hardly, so take a little time now and just smell the roses so to speak.”

It appears that a fight for the now-vacant heavyweight title is in the works. It now appears that Nogueira will most likely face Tim Sylvia, who earned his contender slot with a win over Brandon Vera at UFC 77.

For Couture, the lesson lies in trusting his internal compass.

“I can’t focus on or account for other people and their motivations and their actions,” he said. “I have to focus on myself and just worry about that, and not let the other stuff in … it will drive you crazy.”


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Postby Asa87 » Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:32 am

whaaaaaat? i wanted to him to atleast have one more awesome fight before leaving.
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Postby Kensei » Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:04 am

here is how I read this, and I could be wrong....

First off Randy realized he did a stupid thing not just saying he retired. He pissed off guys that might throw him $10000 for a commentating job, he also might get more green backs as a "nice guy for MMA" over a "pissed off ex-champ". So he makes nice with Dana who offers the fight to lock in the whole thing.

Now, He turned down NOG because it is slightly more embarassing to loose to him than it would be to Fedor! If he goes out on a loss he wants it to be to the biggest name, not the runner up.

Randy is now going to do some TV stuff and movies and show up again in the UFC to give his retirement speach and belt to the winner of Nog v Sylvia...(Read NOG!) and be very nice doing it, then we will see his cloting line getting pitched his team doing well in the UFC and Randy will become the retired poster boy for the UFC showing up at events to push the nice guy angle and get more fans.


Just my thoughts! :wink:
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Postby qwerty » Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:02 pm

Woopie!
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Postby Kensei » Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:41 am

Any one catch Nog calling out Randy at UFC 81? I think if he does not fight him he will be seen as scared of the Brazilian!
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Postby qwerty » Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:05 pm

I slightly heard Big Nog calling out the Natural. But it could be just mumbling. It was hard to understanding specially with his mouth piece.
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Postby jijitsukid35 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:34 pm

randy is fighting brock lesnar wats up with that he comes in the ufc asks for the best lost to frank mir and beat heath hearing and now gets a title shot. i find it rather stupid...
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Postby Kensei » Wed Sep 03, 2008 4:56 am

It has to be a great contract for Randy....Money wise. and they are making it look like they are going after fedor...what more could you want for a contract to save face.

Now if he drops the fight to Lesnar I might have to buy diapers because I WILL Pee myself laughing at him.
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