Randy "The Natural" Couture took some time to talk to 411mania.com about fighting Fedor, his game plan, and more! Plus, everyone's thrown in their thoughts on Brock Lesnar, but what about the man he beat? Sure, Brock Lesnar defied the odds by becoming the UFC Heavyweight Champion* just over a year after he was signed, but Randy Couture has defied the odds many times, and he'll do it again. All that and more in what Jon Fitch's video game character has called "The Greatest MMA Column."
Even with his extremely busy schedule, Randy Couture, one of the best and most popular fighters ever, answered some questions for 411mania.com. Here it is:
Dan Plunkett: Firstly I'd like to thank you for taking time to do this interview with 411mania.com, at UFC 91, you took part in a fight that may have been the biggest fight in the history of MMA, what does that mean to you?
Randy Couture: I'm honored that people are talking about it that way. I've been fortunate to have been involved in a number of high profile bouts in my career but this one definitely had a different feel to it. The buzz and the energy leading up to the fight was incredible.
DP: In that fight against Brock Lesnar, you looked to have a good game plan of wearing him down for the later rounds, was that your game plan and how do you see that fight playing out if you hadn't been caught?
Randy Couture: The game plan was definitely to go out there, get in Brock's face, make him work, and try to frustrate him. Obviously, we knew that with his physical tools there was a good chance that I was going to have to work my way out from underneath him. I just wanted to keep my hands in his face, keep him from doing damage if he did take me down, and eventually put him on bottom to see how he'd handle the pressure there. Up until that big shot landed, I felt like everything that I trained to do was working. I got out from underneath him, controlled the clinch game, and was getting off good punches of my own. Unfortunately, when you're in there with a guy like Brock who is so big and hits so hard, there's always that possibility that you're going to get rocked.
"Up until that big shot landed, I felt like everything that I trained to do was working."
DP: People have thrown out a lot of names in regards to you're next opponent, including Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva, the loser of Nogueira/Mir, and I personally would like to see you fight Lyoto Machida, who out of those names would you most like to fight and who do you think is the most likely opponent for you next?
Randy Couture: I haven't really thought too far ahead about that. Right now, I'm just taking some time to regroup and weigh out my options. I definitely think that those are all interesting matchups that would pose unique challenges, but it's too soon to say who I'll likely fight next.
DP: This whole spectacle with yourself and the UFC was started by your interest in fighting Fedor Emelianenko, after your loss are you still looking to fight Fedor?
Randy Couture: That's absolutely still the most appealing fight out there in my mind. Unfortunately, with the issues between Fedor's management and the UFC, it doesn't look like there is much chance of that fight happening any time soon.