Tag:Randy Couture
Posted on: August 29, 2009 11:59 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2009 12:36 am

UFC 102 live results: Couture vs. Nogueira

Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira finishes out the UFC 102 card.

Nogueira walks to the cage to the sounds of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Nogueira had several physical ailments going into the Frank Mir loss, so there's a good chance he'll make a significantly better showing this time. But any way you slice it, he's been through years of wars, and you still have to wonder if that has caught up with him.

Then again, Randy Couture is 46. Then again, 46 in Randy Couture years is 34 in normal human years.

Round 1: Couture looking to box early. He lands a pair of nice fist combos as Nogueira moves forward. Couture with a nice right hand followed by an uppercut. Nogueira tries to take it to the ground and Couture backs away from that. Nogueira with some fists and Couture ties him up in the clinch. Couture's not staying in the clinch long though, careful to keep it standing. Nogueira lands a nice left-right combo and Couture goes down. Nogueira locks in a D'Arce choke and cranks it with all he's got. Couture doesn't tap and keeps fighting. Nogueira finally lets it go and Couture is back up, to the delight of the pro-Couture crowd. Couture with a right hand and a one-two combo. Nogueira with a combo of his own. Couture with an overhand right and Nogueira is cut above the right eye. They're slugging it out Frye-Takayama style, and the audience rises to its feet and cheers. Incredible brawl. Couture clinches Nogueira against the fence and the round ends. What a crazy war so far. 10-9 Nogueira based on Minotauro being closer to finishing.

Round 2: Couture uses a series of left jabs to try and set up an uppercut. Couture ducks under and Nogueira slaps on a standing guillotine, but Couture slips out of it and follows Nogueira to the ground. Couture working ground and pound from inside Nogueira's guard. Couture keeping his head tucked to Nogueira's chest and landing short elbows and fists from the top. Nogueira sweeps and mounts Couture. Couture tries to turn out of it, and manages to get to half guard. Nogueira throwing punches to the head. Nogueira tries for an arm triangle and re-establishes full mount. Couture's in trouble here. Nogueira with fists to the ribs to try and weaken Couture's defense to the hold. Couture gets free of the triangle attempt but is still mounted by Nogueira. The crowd chants "Randy, Randy." Couture escapes to his feet and the crowd goes bonkers. They slug it out at close range again. Couture tags Nogueira right on the chin with a left but Nog isn't fazed. So his chin isn't completely gone yet. Another great round, which I give to Nogueira 10-9. Couture is fighting like the warrior he is, but Nogueira is consistently the guy closer to finishing.

Round 3: They get right back to swinging at close range and Nogueira drops Couture with a right to the jaw. Nogueira tries to finish Couture on the ground with a barrage of strikes but Couture keeps his hands up, weathers the storm, and manages to get himself into guard. Nogueira passes to side control and keeps pounding away. Couture tries to walk up the cage to get out from beneath Nogueira. Nogueira fighting to keep Couture on the bottom. Couture gives up his back and Nogueira sinks in the hooks. Couture trying to escape out the back door but Nogueira is controlling Couture's arm. Couture completes the reversal and hammers away at Nogueira from the top. Unbelievable. Less than a minute left. Couture lands an elbow to Nogueira's jaw from the top but Nogueira's defending well from the bottom. Couture lands some elbows as Nogueira reverses, right at the final horn. Ridiculous display of heart and skill by a pair of true warriors. 10-9 Nogueira, so I give the bout 30-27 to Minotauro.

Winner: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeats Randy Couture via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) after three rounds.

Nogueira thanked the fans in Portland and said Couture is one of his idols in the UFC. He also threw his name in the hat for a possible heavyweight title shot at Brock Lesnar.

"I want to be at the top of the UFC," he said. "I want the title belt. If you guys give me a chance to fight [Brock] Lesnar, it would be my pleasure."

For his part, Couture did not seem to be remotely considering retirement after this loss.

"I was disappointed to lose, but you gotta love this sport, I tell you what," Couture said.

"What keeps me going is guys like Nogueira, interesting fights."

Couture didn't say whether he would stick around at heavyweight or consider a move to another weight class, but he absolutely sounded like a guy who was not yet finished in the Octagon.

"We'll let the dust settle. Take a week, see what the UFC wants to do. I'm here, I'm ready to fight. I feel the best I've ever felt."

Posted on: August 28, 2009 1:15 pm

UFC 102 live blog on Saturday

We'll have a live blog of all the main card action from UFC 102 on Saturday, beginning shortly before 10 p.m. ET. If you can't see the show, be sure to check this blog on Saturday for round-by-round coverage of the fights.

In the meantime, you can get a complete look at the full card with roundtable analysis and predictions on our Head to Head preview .

Posted on: September 2, 2008 4:15 pm

Breaking news: Couture returns to UFC

The UFC announced today that heavyweight champion Randy Couture would return to the organization for a Nov. 15 fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 in Las Vegas.

The return ends a year-long holdout by Couture that resulted in numerous legal claims and harsh words being tossed around by both sides of the dispute.

"We had some problems with Randy," Dana White said during the conference call. "We have resolved them all."

Couture resigned from the UFC in September 2007 via fax, citing a lack of respect. He also claimed that the UFC's failure to sign Fedor Emelianenko -- the one man he wanted to fight, and the man considered by many as the best fighter in the world -- as the last straw in his departure.

All of that seems to have been smoothed over, and the 45-year-old UFC Hall of Famer will return to the Octagon imminently.

The UFC continued to recognize Couture as the heavyweight champion during his absence, citing that two of the four fights left on Couture's contract were unfulfilled, and unless Couture retired permanently from the sport, he remained under contract to them. In the meantime, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was crowned UFC interim heavyweight champion following a win over Tim Sylvia, after Couture refused an offer to defend against Nogueira.

On paper, the Lesnar vs. Couture fight appears to have a good chance to rank among the highest-drawing PPV bouts in company history. While still very green in MMA, Lesnar's wrestling ability, punching power, and athleticism have caused many to deem him the future of the UFC heavyweight division.

CBSSports.com will have more on this story as it develops.
Posted on: March 1, 2008 9:38 pm

UFC 82 live results: Undercard results

We're going to have live round-by-round coverage of UFC 82 tonight starting shortly after 10 p.m. ET. Right now, four of the undercard bouts are over with. Here are the results:

  • Luigi Fioravanti defeated Luke Cummo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.
  • Josh Koscheck defeated Dustin Hazelett via TKO due to strikes at 1:24 of Round 2.
  • Diego Sanchez defeated David Bielkheden via submission to strikes at 4:43 of Round 1.
  • Jorge Gurgel defeated John Halverson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.

Also during the undercard, Mark Coleman was inducted as the fifth member of the UFC Hall of Fame and gave a tearful speech. Coleman joins Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Dan Severn and Randy Couture in the UFC's Hall of Fame.

We'll be back with the last of the undercard results and round-by-round coverage of the five main broadcast fights soon. (Each fight will have its own entry, so be sure to refresh the link to the actual blog and not the link to any one entry, or you may miss the updates.)
Posted on: February 1, 2008 7:57 pm

UFC 81 weigh-in results & notes

Every fighter on the card for Saturday's UFC 81 made weight on Friday.

Also, a reminder that we'll be live blogging the UFC 81 PPV tomorrow night. Check back around 9:45 p.m. ET for the updates to begin.

The weigh-in results:

Main card:

Tim Sylvia -- 261
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira -- 237


Sylvia actually got cheered by the crowd, and seemed genuinely happy about it when Joe Rogan mentioned it. "I couldn't believe it," he said. "What's going on?"

Rogan created an awkward moment when he started to ask Sylvia about the chance to become the first three-time heavyweight champion in UFC history. Sylvia grinned and shook his head "no." Rogan then looked around confused. "Randy is?"

Frank Mir -- 255
Brock Lesnar -- 265

Mir looked very subdued on his way to the scale. Lesnar and Mir didn't butt heads, but they didn't shake hands either.

Jeremy Horn -- 185
Nate Marquardt -- 185

Ricardo Almeida -- 185
Rob Yundt -- 185

Gleison Tibau -- 156
Tyson Griffin -- 155


Chris Lytle -- 170
Kyle Bradley -- 170

David Heath -- 205
Tim Boetsch -- 205

Marvin Eastman -- 185
Terry Martin -- 186

Eastman butted heads lightly with Martin, who returned the pleasantries with a shove.

Keita Nakamura -- 155
Rob Emerson -- 155
Posted on: January 15, 2008 6:00 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2008 12:31 pm

UFC files suit against Randy Couture

The Las Vegas Review Journal broke the news that the UFC filed a lawsuit against Randy Couture on Monday, charging breach of contract and dealing "injurious falsehood and trade disparagement" to the company, leading to financial loss.

The story reported that the UFC is suing Couture for a figure north of $10,000. Doesn't sound like a lot, but hey -- it's "not about the money," right?

Everyone with connected brain cells saw this lawsuit coming, although the timing was a bit of a surprise, as was the apparent final straw. Reportedly, the addition of Team Xtreme Couture to the IFL this season sparked the breach of contract claim, since Couture is contractually prohibited from competing with the UFC directly or indirectly.

Keep in mind there are vast differences in interpretation between the UFC and Couture regarding his contract terms, and that's where the UFC and Couture both stand to lose the most in this divorce -- particularly, the two fights remaining on Couture's contract and just how obligated Couture is to fulfill those. Couture thinks he'll be free from the shackles if he just sits out until the term expires. The UFC thinks he owes them the two fights, term or no term, or else he must retire forever.

In comparison to that, the IFL issue seems rather trivial -- more like the excuse the UFC was waiting for to sic the lawyers on Couture, rather than a significant breach of exclusivity.

I'm not a legal expert, but when you consider things like lost revenue from PPV and DVD sales (not so much ticket sales, because the UFC is capable of filling an arena without Couture), the UFC would certainly be able to prove more damages if they waited a while for Couture's deal to run out. By choosing to sue Couture right now for a meager $10,000+, the point of the lawsuit seems less about damage recovery and more like Zuffa firing a warning shot.

In other words, before they reach the point of suing Couture for the big stuff -- if it gets that far -- they might want to give him a taste of how serious they are about holding him to his deal, on the chance that it will make Couture think twice about going the distance with them on the issues that matter most: Where he fights next, when, and for whom.

The most interesting part of this lawsuit is the conspiracy angle, and Zuffa's pledge that they will name Couture's partners in (alleged) misdeed during the trial. One can only assume Couture's representation will be fingered in the allegations. One might also speculate that M-1 or the IFL could be dragged into this, especially if the UFC alleges that Couture -- due to his still-valid UFC contract -- did not have the legal right to even field an offer from the IFL, much less accept it, even if his IFL involvement is in name and team ownership only.

Until more information comes out regarding the specific (alleged) conspirators, the exact wording of the contract terms at issue, and the nature of UFC's cool $10,000+ in losses, it's all speculation.

In the meantime, we get Tim Sylvia vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for a UFC heavyweight title that the UFC won't admit is vacant while Couture's contract is still unfulfilled. If this lawsuit succeeds in giving Couture cold feet about the bigger issues with his contract, he might come back. It's more likely, though, that this is the tip of the iceberg.
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