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Randy Couture’s Next Steps

At the weigh-ins we booed Brock Lesnar as he expected going up against a legend in the sport.

We were all there cheering “Randy! Randy! Randy!” throughout the fight.

With any momentum he would gather we would jump out of our seats to see if he could bring the big man down.

Unfortunately, watching Randy try to lift Brock Lesnar off his feet and slam him to the floor was watching an exercise in futility.

Give Randy credit, he tried everything he could to get around the massive structure that was in the cage with him but that is simply not an easy task and it does not get any easier at forty-five years of age.

As Brock hammered away on Randy with punches to end the bout it was as though we were watching Rocky Balboa lose to Ivan Drago. Sure it was possible and even probable as you watched the two stand face to face at the start of the fight, but it just wasn’t supposed to end this way. Randy was supposed to defeat all odds and come up with another masterful game plan. Right? Wrong.

The big guy won and now Randy has to take the time to answer the tough questions about his future that Joe Rogan danced around in the post fight interview – “Randy, will you continue to compete?”

We thought we would lay out some options for Randy as he rests and contemplates his next move in the fight game.

Randy, we will leave this list for you.

1. Fedor. Fight him. People want to see it and if you retire and having never stepped into the octagon with him you will always wonder “what if”. Do it for $1 in your backyard and invite some friends over to judge if you have to for the purposes of various contracts but one way or another, fight Fedor. For us and for you.

2. Chuck Liddell. If Wayne Gretzky decided to suit up for one shootout appearance the entire hockey world would watch. If Michael Jordan stepped in for one free throw in a regular season game we would all get up off our seats and hold our breath to watch him one more time. And if Randy and Chuck agreed to battle it out in the octagon for a four-pete… well, there would be no venue large enough for the crowds that would line up.

3. Take on another heavyweight fight; win it and line up for the winner of Lesnar and Mir/Nogueira. You want to compete, compete with the big boys and show them you are indeed getting better with age.

4. Drop down in weight. It can’t possibly get easier with age to fight the heavyweights when your bodyweight is comfortably 220 pounds. Drop down to 205 and be the bigger man in the cage – time to take advantage of any opportunity available to you.

5. Retire. You deserve it. You have served the sport well and you owe it nothing while it owes you sincere gratitude for the years of memories and helping to pave the way for mainstream acceptance. Continue as a paid ambassador for the sport and your millions of fans.

You are a talented athlete, a gentleman outside of the octagon and a legend of MMA.

Whatever you do next Randy, your fans are behind you 100%… naturally.

  • hgf says:

    d still be chanting Randy Randy even if he gets KOed every fight from here untill he retires. Couture is my hero as a fighter and a person, all class.

  • sop says:

    Id still be chanting Randy Randy even if he gets KOed every fight from here untill he retires. Couture is my hero as a fighter and a person, all class.

  • Paul says:

    Your #4 point isn’t really valid. Randy would only be average at light heavy. Many of the fighters in that division cut from between 230 and 240 to make 205 (Forrest Griffin being just one of them).

  • justin says:

    I think randy and chuck would be interesting to see again because it is a good fight to watch. Both coming off of losses but the UFC will save it for UFC 100 make it retirement fight or something. Fedor honestly has beaten the who’s who of heavyweights go and see his wikipedia and see for yourself. I honestly don’t think anyone out there could beat him right now unless he gets caught which happens alot but still he is top heavyweight. Fedor and arlovski is gonna be good but fedor is more well rounded so that should go to fedor.

  • bob says:

    LMAO..those other guys like choi deserved it because they were in the same fight organization..geesh,think about it.Randy would have already fought Fedor if it was possible.
    As of now i already stated that ,if Randy lost to a VERY inexperienced Lesnar,he does NOT deserve a fight with Fedor and i would not be interested in the least.
    As far as Randy dropping down in weight,that is the one idea i agree with.I mean Randy CLAIMS to be in shape all the time,it shouldn’t be too much extra work to drop down to 205.As far as Lidell vs Randy?who cares i don’t.

  • The Tyrant says:

    Fedor is overrated plain in simple…Randy would school him like a lil school girl. I rather see HEath vs Fedor again cuz in all reality Heath KTFO of Nog… That match should have been stoped!! Anyways Id rather See Randy vs Mir if he gets past Brock..Styles make fights plain and simple!!!!

  • Air Guitar says:

    I’d like to see Randy take on the up-and-coming… Biff Loman. That I’d pay to see.

  • Kapow says:

    Congrats “kid”, you can cheer for whoever you want. Randy CAN do whatever he wants. My opinion isn’t going to stop him but I’ll “bitch slap” anyone who thinks he DOES deserve a shot at Fedor. He doesn’t. Plain and simple.

    Again, fights like HMC, were for the Japanese fans on NYE. Also, the idea that HMC is a can is hilarious. Heath Herring vs Fedor was before he was even champion you moron.

    Learn what the fuck you’re talking about before you make yourself look retarded.

    Oops, too late.

  • Jeff Miller says:

    I’ll bitch slap anyone who thinks Randy ‘doesn’t deserve to fight Fedor.’

    Does Hong Man Choi? Did Heath Herring really deserve it? With your logic no one deserved to fight Fedor.

    Grow up kid. Randy can do what he wants, when he wants, I’ll be there watching and still chanting Randy even if he gets KO’d.

  • mark says:

    Randy vs Chuck

    Randy has no way to win against a 108kg Fedor. Fedor is a bit older than 30 years, wtf should Randy do? At least chuck is a lot older, phyiscally weaker than Fedor, and Randy knows him. It is the older generation, they should duke it out.

    Brock belongs to the somewhat younger generation so he can fight Fedor.

    A match against Nog would make no sense. If Nog wins, what then for Randy?

    The option to drop down to 205 could be ok but i think you underestimate how fast the people are. Rashad may be boring but he is really fast and has insane KO powers in his fists. I dont think Randy could win that.

  • Kapow says:

    Nobody cares about Fedor/Randy anymore, or well, nobody SHOULD care. Randy’s amazing stat of having 14 of 18 fights for titles was more than enough to let everyone know how his legacy was given to him.

    He doesn’t deserve to fight Fedor, period.

  • Jon Jones says:

    I think Randy needs to retire. He’s done enough and doesn’t want to hurt his legacy anymore.

    Run the gyms and stop fighting Randy.

  • Ricki bobby says:

    Couture vs. Liddell should be a retirement match. Whoever loses has to hang them up for good.

    I would watch that.

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