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Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida

Main Card | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | MMA

Mmaweekly large Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida
Mmaweekly large Randy "The Natural" Couture

Machida
KO/TKO
Round 2

Lyoto Machida Randy Couture

"The Dragon" "The Natural"

16-2-0   Pro Record At Fight   19-10-0
Climbed to 17-2   Record After Fight   Fell to 19-11
-350 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +300 (Moderate Underdog)
Br Brazil   Nationality   Us United States
Los Angeles, California   Fighting out of   Las Vegas, Nevada
32 years, 11 months   Age at Fight   47 years, 10 months, 1 day
204.5 lbs (92.8 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   203.5 lbs (92.3 kgs)
6'1" (186cm)   Height   6'1" (186cm)
74.0" (188cm)   Reach   75.0" (191cm)
Black House MMA   Gym   Xtreme Couture
UFC 129
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields
  • Date: Saturday 04.30.2011 at 09:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Yves Lavigne
  • Venue: Rogers Centre
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 10 of 12)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Couture Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Machida Total Disclosed Pay: $129,000
  • Event Links:

Couture vs. Machida Wiki Update Wiki

Lyoto Machida delivered one of the great knockouts of all time and significantly burnished the martial arts credentials of his instructor Steven Seagal by blasting Randy Couture into retirement with a Karate Kid-style Crane Kick never before witnessed in high level MMA. Despite the extraordinary knockout in Round 2, the night still managed to belong to the beloved American Hall of Famer, who yet again professed his retirement in post-fight comments, this time swearing it was for real.


Things never looked good inside the cage for the 47 year old living legend. He stayed crouched throughout Round 1 and tried to inch in on "The Dragon," easily the promotion's most elusive fighter, but could never quite locate him and was eating serious shots in the process. By late in Round 1 it began to seem like a matter of time before Machida found the strike that would wobble "The Natural" and start a finishing sequence. "He's slippery!" Couture said to his corner as he sat down on his stool following the frustrating opening frame. "Yeah," they responded, "you gotta stay in front of him."


But no one anticipated the knockout blow would come in such dramatic fashion. With a brief lull in the action in Round 2, the fighters stood near the center of the Octagon as Machida feinted, twitching his kicking leg up and down like a Muay Thai fighter. Machida then faked a left front kick, and in one motion followed it up with a leaping right front kick straight to the mouth of Couture, knocking out teeth and sending Couture to the canvas, where he crumpled up on his side. Just like that the fight was over. The extraordinary kick was immediately reminiscent of Black House training partner Anderson Silva's front kick win over Vitor Belfort earlier in the year. The common thread between them: Steven Seagal, the former Hollywood action star and lifelong martial artist, who was in both men's camps before, and during, the fights. With Machida's brilliant finish, Seagal began to seem less like a hanger-on and more like a serious resource for top fighters with every passing moment.


Machida humbly raised Couture's hand following the fight, praising the retiring former champion as the massive Toronto crowd applauded him. It was a critical win for the Brazilian and for his standing in the Light Heavyweight division. Couture, for his part, went out on his shield like a warrior, surprising no one.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:39 PM ET
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Couture vs. Machida Fight Predictions

Tapology Community Predictions: 1398  
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Couture vs. Machida Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

Ganhei hj as camisas dos dois maiores times do Para. http://yfrog.com/h0ppobpj
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To pensando em fazer uma promocao com o short igual o da luta. O que acham?
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A resosta certa e: 17 anos e foi dada por @thynebf.
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Ha quanto tempo eu e minha esposa estamos juntos?/ How long time am I together with my wife?
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As 14h horario de Brasiia farei a pergunta,ok.
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Daqui a pouco direi o horario que lancarei a pergunta. Fiquem de olho!
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Como prometido: vamos a promocao da camisa da luta. Farei uma pergunta sobre minha vida pessoal quem responder 1 sera o ganhador.
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That's definitely government issue not gastro intestinal ! :)
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Party Fri nite for my gi foundation , poker ride sat . Come hang out with me and the guys at surrender at encore at 10 pm ! Gonna be fun !
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Materia com Ana Hissa para o Sensei sportv.
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Acabei de acordar, mas vou voltar a dormir. Agora posso!
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Quero muito agradecer ao apoio de todos, vcs foram muito importantes nessa preparacao. Essa vitoria e de todos vcs.
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Get to see the dentist thur am and get the grill fixed :) saw Niagara falls yesterday,nyc tonight.Nice call from Lyoto checking in.thanks
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Lorenzo Fertitta: Randy Couture is a mixed martial arts pioneer, good friend: Lorenzo J. Fertitta Saturday, Apri... http://bit.ly/ki5YVg
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Lorenzo Fertitta: Randy Couture is a mixed martial arts pioneer, good friend http://wp.me/p52i3-Qb
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Indo para o Jornal Liberal.
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Em casa!
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Pai do meu amigo Carlos se foi. Desculpe eu nao poder estar ai.
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Randy Couture – Past and Present – Ready to FIGHT!: Video by Shootmedia.com. Take a look at Randy Couture, past ... http://bit.ly/ftMts2
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Randy Couture - Past and Present - Ready to FIGHT! http://wp.me/p52i3-Q8
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Frank Trigg vs. John Phillips Signed for BAMMA 6: XCAP fighter Frank Trigg isn’t done yet. “Twinkle Toes” has o... http://bit.ly/fzjlfp
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You should follow @Kountermove, definitely one of the top places for MMA news out there. http://bit.ly/eSKaHi
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Randy Couture UFC129 vs. Lyoto Machida: By John Silver – The Chicago Sun – Times Six-time champion Randy Couture... http://bit.ly/hIrpcS
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Randy Couture UFC129 vs. Lyoto Machida http://wp.me/p52i3-Q2
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No aeroporto!
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Vou ficar meio ausente esses dias. Viajarei amanha! Um abraco a todos e obrigado pelo apoio, vcs foram muito importantes.
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Feliz Pascoa a todos meus seguidores.
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