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Randy Couture is best known as a mixed martial arts fighter and heavyweight champion. He is one of the first members of the UFC Hall of Fame.
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In a unanimous decision, Couture became the undisputed light heavyweight champion.
Outside of the octagon, Couture—one of the most popular figures in the sport—branched out into acting. He landed some small parts in such films as Cradle 2 the Grave (2003). For the UFC, Couture has served as an announcer for many fights. He also appeared as himself on the hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in January 2005. Featuring a group of young aspiring fighters vying for a chance at the big time, the show helped expand the audience for mixed martial arts fighting and bring the UFC to the mainstream.
“I’m just like your neighbor. I just happen to fight in a cage,” Couture told the Boston Globe in 2006. That same year, Couture retired after being on the receiving end of TKO at the hands of Chuck Liddell in UFC 57. He was lured back to the UFC to fight Tim Sylvia for the heavyweight title in 2007. After winning the Sylvia fight by unanimous decision, Couture next took on Brazilian fighter Gabriel Gonzaga. He held on to his title after knocking out his opponent. By October, Couture again announced his retirement. He believed that he was not fairly compensated for the Sylvia and Gonzaga fights.
That same year, Couture started helping the latest generation of fighters, opening his first training center. Right now, he has two facilities: one in Las Vegas and one in Vancouver, Canada, which both operate under the name Xtreme Couture MMA.
It is unclear whether Couture will stay retired, having expressed an interest in fighting Fedor Emelianenko. For the time being, however, he is busy pursuing other interests. Couture has been doing public appearances to support his autobiography, Becoming the Natural: My Life In and Out of the Cage, which was released in July 2008. He also continues to act and has a role in David Mamet’s Redbelt (2008).
Couture lives in Las Vegas with his wife Kim and his stepson.
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