Randy Couture Recounts Playing the Spoiler to UFC’s Plans for Chuck Liddell

Published 02/02/2021, 4:44 AM EST


UFC Legend Randy Couture appeared in the ‘Legend 2 Legend’ series organized by MMA Junkie. He spoke about how he became a thorn in the foot for the UFC and Dana White when he beat Chuck Liddell at UFC 43 for the interim Light Heavyweight championship. He also talked about the UFC days of yore.

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Randy Couture was a pioneer for the world of MMA, as he was the first person in UFC to weaponise the pace at which he fought. This style of fighting was later adopted by UFC greats Georges St. Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov. He is the oldest champion in the UFC.

He was also the first fighter to hold championship belts in multiple weight classes. Amazingly, he is still the oldest fighter to do so. Till now, only seven other fighters have achieved this extraordinary feat.

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Randy Couture, his rivalry with the UFC, and Dana White

In the interview, he recounted that the UFC had plans to make a fight between Chuck Liddell and the then champion Tito Ortiz at Light Heavyweight. Chuck Liddell had a fierce rivalry with Ortiz at the time. All Chuck Liddell had to do was to beat Couture for the interim belt.

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Couture said,” Obviously, I beat Chuck, and then I just became a fly in the ointment for the UFC because I ended up beating Chuck. They didn’t like having a 39-year-old as a champion.” He further added,” I don’t think they thought that I was too marketable.

He also explained how he was butting heads with Dana White and other big names in the UFC ever since the fight. It doesn’t seem like a lot has changed since then. He remarked that he was also skeptical of the fight cards that the UFC were putting out in April during the COVID-19 pandemic, because of safety reasons.

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Despite their differences, both Dana White and Randy Couture have been respectful towards one another. Couture, as always, lived up to the dialogue around him of him being a good and humble guy throughout the interview. 

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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