Sports Illustrated recently caught up with Randy Couture to discuss a variety of issues. Some of his comments, which took place a couple of days ago, are cast in a new light with word of his meeting with Fedor Emelianeko swirling around the MMA blogosphere. Below are some of the more interesting highlights:
Couture On The Status Of His UFC Contract:
“Well, the language in [my UFC] contract is pretty clear. It’s 18 months or four fights and the 18 months expired on July 19, so we’re in a 30-day grace period for negotiating or re-negotiating with the UFC. If they find a way to make the Fedor fight happen, I’ll be all over it, but I don’t really see that happening realistically. The non-compete clause expires on Oct. 10, a year from when I resigned, and so I’ll be able to go back to work commentating and working with the other promotions and getting back into the business of MMA. At times it’s frustrating but for the most part things work out the way they’re supposed to work out. If it’s supposed to be settled it will be settled. My entire life has been that way. Things have a tendency to work out exactly the way they’re supposed to work out so I just have to be patient.
Couture On Fedor’s Performance Vs. Tim Sylvia:
“Obviously I didn’t beat Sylvia in 36 seconds. I did have a flashback when he knocked him down and got on his back. I was like, oh this looks oddly familiar. He was able to finish the choke and get the tap. He was very impressive. He’s very explosive and very quick and once he had Tim hurt he jumped on him fast. So, I’m excited to see how I do. I think it looks good. Sooner or later we’re going to make it happen. In some way, shape or form, in some production somewhere. I know there are obviously a lot of people that would be interested in participating in that fight, the UFC included. We’ll see how it all pans out. I’m confident we’ll get it done.”
Couture On His Future In The Sport:
“I can’t place a limit on myself. I entered this thing 11 years ago taking it one fight at a time and its gotten me this far. I’m just going to take this thing one fight at a time and evaluate my performance and training and how I feel physically as I go along. Could there be more? I certainly hope there’s more because I love to fight, but I’m just going to look to make the Fedor fight happen and then we’ll evaluate how that goes and how I feel and what all the options are after and see what happens.”
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