Randy Couture - Wikipedia
Nov 25, A trilogy fight more than a decade in the making commences on Saturday night. May 15, Randy Couture spanked Tito Ortiz, literally and figuratively. Randall Duane Couture is an American actor, former U.S. Army sergeant, retired mixed martial of fights in the UFC (Michael Bisping, Frank Mir, and Tito Ortiz are tied for first with 27). .. Couture had stated he was interested in fighting either Lyoto Machida or .. "BJJ Phenom 'Jacaré' Set for Toughest Test to Date".
For the first time, UFC, frustrated that Ortiz wouldn't face top contender Chuck Liddell, created an interim light heavyweight championship.
Couture had moved down from heavyweight to face Liddell and stopped him at UFC 43 to become the first three-time titleholder. With Couture, not Liddell, now as his top opponent in the division, Ortiz was quick to agree to return and was the heavy betting favorite in a match to unify the two versions of the title.
- Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 3 to take place under Golden Boy banner
- UFC 44: Tito's spanking
- Randy Couture
Ortiz talked like Couture had a fake title, but the usually reserved Couture fired back, saying that he beat Liddell, whom Ortiz had continually refused to face, and in doing so, made himself a huge crowd favorite. The insider talk was that it would turn into a wrestling match and Couture was the better wrestler. Nevertheless, to the average fan, Couture seemed like an old sacrificial lamb being laid at the altar of the biggest star in the sport.
ESPN even aired clips of the weigh-ins. While none of that sounds unusual today, UFC never had gotten that kind of exposure.Randy Couture Talks ‘Only Concern’ He Has With Chuck Liddell Vs. Tito Ortiz 3 - The MMA Hour
The match, held before a sellout crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, would not look all that spectacular today. The year-old Couture simply outwrestled Ortiz from start to finish, winning all five rounds, and literally turning over Ortiz and spanking him in the closing moments in one of the UFC's all-time memorable scenes. But fans were so into the rivalry from the trash talk that it came across on that night like a dramatic classic with the old underdog putting the young punk in his place unexpectedly.
And I needed a tuneup fight that we could sell," Liddell said. If everything goes to plan on Saturday, I'll be ready to go and fight someone for real.
While Liddell-Ortiz III brings enough name value and remaining hostility between fighters to coax some nostalgic interest, it's a fight that both UFC and even Bellator MMA -- which has promoted the last four fights of the year-old Ortiz -- wanted nothing to do with. Instead, the pair of legends and former UFC light heavyweight champions will meet on pay-per-view at The Forum in Inglewood, California 9 p.
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