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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Exclusive With Randy Couture

DreamFighters.com was able to catch up with UFC Legend Randy Couture to chat about a few things. We like to thank Randy personally for taking the time to speak to us.

DreamFighters.com: Randy, thanks for taking the time to speak to me (Adam) at DreamFighters.com (Big fan of yours from my University Wrestling days)

Randy Couture: No problem, thanks for having me.

DreamFighters.com: First off, what have you been up too since your fight with Brock Lesnar? Filimg Movies, training, ?

Randy Couture: I took a bit of time off during the holidays to be with my family and have just been getting caught up on some things with the business since then.

DreamFighters.com: How is the Extreme Couture gym and business going?

Randy Couture: The gym and business are going great. Between the UFC and Affliction cards coming up, we have several fighters competing in January, including Martin Kampmann, Jay Hieron, Chris Horodecki, and Vitor Belfort. Having all of those guys going full bore in training camp really brings a great energy into the room.

DreamFighters.com: It was a very inspirational fight with Brock Lesnar, seeing you hold your own in the first round until you got taged. Can you briefly tell us your thoughts on the fight? Were you suprised at all by Brock, or all was expected?

Randy Couture: I was happy with the way the fight was going up until that big shot was landed. Everything that we worked on in training camp was happening, I just had a tough time dealing with Brockís reach. I had a great team of big heavy guys helping me prepare for his weight, but I didnít have anyone with that kind of wingspan to get used to dodging his long punches.

DreamFighters.com: Any chance of a re-match in the future if all goes well for you?

Randy Couture: I would relish the opportunity to prove that I can beat him.

DreamFighters.com: Quickly, who do you pick for the winner of Brock vs. Mir II ?

Randy Couture: That is a tough fight to pick. Brock has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with, but I would still have to give Frank the edge because of his experience and submission acumen. Itís going to be really difficult for Brock to improve his jiu-jitsu enough to hold Frank off on the ground and Frank just showed in the Nogueira fight that he is more than capable of ending the fight standing as well. As long as Mir puts together another solid training camp and shows up in top form, he should pull off the win.

DreamFighters.com: Who is your pick for GSP vs BJ Penn?

Randy Couture: Thatís an even tougher pick. They are two of the most talented and dynamic fighters in the sport today. If I had to chose, Iíd say Georges because heís been the more consistent and better conditioned of the two over the past few years. I expect that BJ will give him fits early but that Georges will take over as the fight wears on. It will be particularly interesting to see how BJ responds if the fight makes it to the championship rounds.

DreamFighters.com: Is there any talk of who you could fight next? Anyone in particular you would like to fight?

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: I think it all depends on how the Mir Lesnar rematch plays out. If I had my way, Iíd get a rematch with Brock first thing, but the only way that is likely to happen is if he loses to Frank. If Brock wins, Iíd say it will most likely be either Mir or Nogueira across the cage from me next. Either of those fights would pose an interesting challenge.

DreamFighters.com: What are your thoughts on WAMMA, and the WAMMA belt system? Do you think WAMMA has a good idea of trying to crown champions in each weight class?

Randy Couture: I like the idea of having a single unified belt in each weightclass that transcends the promotional boundaries. Unfortunately, unless they can get the UFC onboard with the idea, WAMMA is going to have a very difficult time crowning legitimate world champions in each weight class.

DreamFighters.com: You are apart of a big new movie with a all star cast and working with sylvester stallone - Can you tell us a little about that? Started filimg, etc?

Randy Couture: Iím very excited about it. I get to go to Brazil in March and shoot in the jungle with Sly and an incredible cast of action stars. It should be a great experience for me.

DreamFighters.com: What are your thoughts on Alistair Overeem? After winning his last fight, people are saying he could be the next UFC HW champion after it was made public that the UFC are negociating with him

Randy Couture: This is the first Iíve heard of him negotiating with the UFC. I have heard that he looked very impressive in his last fight. Heís always been a talented, well rounded mixed martial artist, so Iím sure heíll fit in well if he does sign with the UFC.

DreamFighters.com: Randy, is there any advice you can give a young MMA/Wrestler that may want to follow in your foot steps?

Randy Couture: Thereís no substitute for hard work. Find a quality gym and a manager you can trust and put in the hours training. If you do that and perform on fight night, the rest will fall into place.

DreamFighters.com: Randy, I really appreciate you taking the time to do this interview. We all wish you the best of luck!

Randy Couture: Thank you!!!

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Gotta love Captain America, and his desire to beat Lesnar. I think Mir will have a hard time finishing Lesnar again, but I doubt Brock will be able to resist shooting in and will get caught with a Sub. Mir will look like Stevenson after his fight with BJ but will walk away the undisputed HW champ.

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When Mir beats Lesnar I hope Randy gets his rematch.

Well i think Mir will win anyways./
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I agree with Randy on his predictions of the forthcoming main events. Hopefully, we'll see him fighting Brock again, the first fight was a huge PPV Draw, the second could be even more interesting, especially if Lesnar beats Mir, but this seems unlikely to me...

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Good stuff, awesome as always.

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How happy we would all be to see Brock loosing to Mir and then Couture XD
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I would be very excited to see any of those three matches of Couture vs Lesnar, Mir, or Nog. I would prefer Nog though.

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Couture v. Lesnar = exciting, I'd love to see him avenge that loss. more low kicks to Brock's legs this time, Randy, k?

Couture v. Nog = I wouldn't know who to root for, b/c I love both fighters, but I'd be extremely stoked for that fight.

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I never thought I would be rooting for Mir, but I would love to see him break one of Lesnar's gigantic Gorilla limbs. I hope one day the UFC starts copromoting with other MMA orgs, but it seems for now they are a bit too stubborn. Either way, Randy was classy as always.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 09:28 PM
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gotta love couture..

If a rematch was to occur, I'd be picking him again to win..

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