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Randy Couture

Randy "The Natural" Couture

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  • Given Name: Randy Duane Couture
  • MMA Record: 19-11-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Natural
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 54 | Date of Birth: 1963.06.22
  • Last Fight: April 30, 2011 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 203.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: Xtreme Couture
  • Height: 6'1" (186cm) | Reach: 75.0" (191cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $2,720,000 USD
  • Born: Everett, Washington, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

Randy Couture Light Heavyweight Ranking History

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Randy Couture MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Kick
1:05 Round 2 of 3, 6:05 Total

Br Lyoto Machida
19-10-0 16-2-0

Ca UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.04.30
Odds: +300 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 203.5 lbs (92.3 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#2 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
#6 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#25 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
UFC 129 Knockout of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
3:19 Round 1 of 3

Us James Toney
18-10-0 0-0-0

Us UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.08.28
Odds: -600 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 Base | Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs (99.8 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki | Walkout Music: Van Halen - Mean Street
#13 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
Win | Submission | Choke
1:09 Round 2 of 3, 6:09 Total

Us Mark Coleman
17-10-0 16-9-0

Us UFC 109: Relentless
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.02.06
Odds: -363 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti | Walkout Music: Ted Nugent - Stranglehold
#34 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Brandon Vera
16-10-0 11-3-0

Gb UFC 105: Couture vs Vera
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2009.11.14
Odds: +117 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard | Walkout Music: Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
16-9-0 31-5-1

Us UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.08.29
Odds: -198 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $310,000 ($250K Base, $60K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs (99.8 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki | Walkout Music: AC/DC - Live Wire
#3 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#17 Greatest Fight of All Time
#3 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
UFC 102 Fight of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:07 Round 2 of 5, 8:07 Total

Us Brock Lesnar
16-8-0 2-1-0

Us UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar
Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.11.15
Odds: +116 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 Base | Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs (99.8 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:37 Round 3 of 5, 11:37 Total

Br Gabriel Gonzaga
15-8-0 8-1-0

Us UFC 74: Respect
Main Card | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.08.25
Odds: +108 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $290,000 ($250K Base, $40K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 228.5 lbs (103.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#72 Biggest Upset of All Time
#16 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 74 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Tim Sylvia
14-8-0 23-2-0

Us UFC 68: Uprising
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2007.03.03
Odds: +205 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 Base | Weigh-In: 222.5 lbs (100.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#7 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#42 Greatest Fight of All Time
#12 Biggest Upset of All Time
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
1:28 Round 2 of 5, 6:28 Total

Us Chuck Liddell
14-7-0 17-3-0

Us UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs

2006.02.04
Odds: +115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $225,000 Base | Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
0:52 Round 3 of 3, 10:52 Total

Us Mike Van Arsdale
13-7-0 8-1-0

Us UFC 54: Boiling Point
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2005.08.20
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $225,000 ($150K Base, $75K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:06 Round 1 of 5

Us Chuck Liddell
13-6-0 15-3-0

Us UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2005.04.16
Odds: -255 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $150,000 Base | Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#60 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 3 of 5, 15:00 Total

Br Vitor Belfort
12-6-0 12-3-0

Us UFC 49: Unfinished Business
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs

2004.08.21
Odds: -165 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $225,000 ($150K Base, $75K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
0:49 Round 1 of 5

Br Vitor Belfort
12-5-0 11-3-0

Us UFC 46: Supernatural
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2004.01.31
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $120,000 Base | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Tito Ortiz
11-5-0 10-2-0

Us UFC 44: Undisputed
Main Event | Title Match | Light HW | 205 lbs

2003.09.26
Odds: +150 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $175,000 ($105K Base, $70K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#24 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:39 Round 3 of 5, 12:39 Total

Us Chuck Liddell
10-5-0 12-1-0

Us UFC 43: Meltdown
Main Event | Interim Title | Light Heavyweight | 205

2003.06.06
Odds: +170 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#1 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
#31 Biggest Upset of All Time
#78 Greatest Fight of All Time
Loss | Submission | Elbow
3:04 Round 5 of 5, 23:04 Total

Us Ricco Rodriguez
10-4-0 13-1-0

Us UFC 39: The Warriors Return
Main Event | Title Match | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2002.09.27
Weigh-In: 227.0 lbs (103.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:35 Round 2 of 5, 9:35 Total

Us Josh Barnett
10-3-0 12-1-0

Us UFC 36: Worlds Collide
Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2002.03.22
Weigh-In: 226.0 lbs (102.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:38 Round 3 of 5, 11:38 Total

Br Pedro Rizzo
9-3-0 11-2-0

Us UFC 34: High Voltage
Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2001.11.02
Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs (102.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Br Pedro Rizzo
8-3-0 11-1-0

Us UFC 31: Locked and Loaded
Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2001.05.04
Weigh-In: 223.0 lbs (101.2 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#15 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#86 Greatest Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Jp Tsuyoshi Kosaka

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

2001.02.24
Loss | Submission | Choke

Nl Valentijn Overeem

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

2001.02.24
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:13 Round 3 of 5, 14:13 Total

Us Kevin Randleman
6-2-0 9-3-0

Us UFC 28: High Stakes
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight

2000.11.17
Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs (99.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Jeremy Horn

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

2000.10.09
Win | Decision | Majority

Jp Ryushi Yanagisawa

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

2000.10.09
Loss | Submission | Shoulder

Ru Mikhail Illoukhine

Jp Fighting Network RINGS

1999.03.20
Loss | Submission | Armlock
1:39 Round 1

Us Enson Inoue
4-0-0 8-3-0

Jp Vale Tudo Japan

1998.10.25
Win | Decision
1 Round

Us Maurice Smith
3-0-0 7-7-0

Jp UFC 15.5: Ultimate Japan
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight

1997.12.21
Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs (99.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
8:16 Round 1 of 1

Br Vitor Belfort
2-0-0 4-0-0

Us UFC 15: Collision Course
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight

1997.10.17
Weigh-In: 226.0 lbs (102.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#36 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:13 Round 1 of 1

Us Steven Graham
0-0-0 1-0-0

Us UFC 13: Ultimate Force
Main Card | Tournament Finals

1997.05.30
Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs (102.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
0:56 Round 1 of 1

Fi Tony Halme
0-0-0 0-3-0

Us UFC 13: Ultimate Force
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

1997.05.30
Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs (102.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy

Randy Couture Wiki Update Wiki

Also known as “Captain America” by his adoring fans, the great Randy Couture more often goes by “The Natural,” a nickname earned by dispatching some of the world’s most formidable fighters in the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions over more than a decade of top level MMA competition. Couture first burst onto the MMA scene when he debuted for the UFC at UFC 13 in 1997, and ever since he went on to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC Ultimate Japan that same year, the charismatic fan favorite has put together one of the most impressive resumes in the history of the sport.


For a man of extraordinary athletic prowess, Couture’s most striking physical attribute is his longevity. “The Natural” did not even begin sanctioned mixed martial arts competition until well into his thirties, and it was not immediately apparent that one of the sport's all-time greatest fighters was in the making in his earliest professional bouts. But as Couture remained in the sport’s upper echelons throughout most of his forties, engaging in grueling five round title affairs as a matter of course, his renown continually grew until he was universally recognized as a legend. Though he frequently entered the cage against opponents half his age, Couture defeated a who’s who of MMA elites throughout his career, including Vitor Belfort (twice), Kevin Randleman, Pedro Rizzo (twice), “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz, Tim Sylvia, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship twice and holding the Heavyweight Championship three times.


Before entering the world of professional mixed martial arts, Couture was a successful collegiate wrestler, having been an NCAA Division I All-American and a two-time NCAA Division I runner-up at Oklahoma State University. He was a three-time Olympic team alternate in 1988, 1992, and 1996, and he won a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba. Best known for utilizing his Greco-Roman wrestling superiority in the cage, Couture is considered a pioneer of cage fighting tactics and one of the most skilled ground-and-pound fighters in the sport. His combination of relentless clinch work and “dirty boxing” against the fence has stifled a number of bigger, stronger and more explosive opponents. Yet Couture can also surprise fans by going toe-to-toe in heated battles, as in his wildly vicious three round Octagon war against "Minotauro" Nogueira, a fight more frenzied and intense than virtually any fan had expected.


Having forgotten more about cagefighting than most fighters will ever know, Couture is also widely recognized as one of the most savvy cage strategists in MMA, both in his own fights and for those he helps train out of his immensely successful Xtreme Couture gym based in Las Vegas. An occasional analyst for the UFC and other outlets, Couture has also shown a knack for off-the-cuff handicapping, correctly calling a number of winners on the air prior to major contests. A self-proclaimed gym rat who revels in picking up new tricks of the trade, Couture is one of the most knowledgeable MMA minds on the planet.


Along with his accomplishments inside of the Octagon, Couture remains one of the most widely recognized MMA athletes in the mainstream media culture, having starred in major Hollywood motion pictures such as Redbelt (2008) and The Expendables (2010). On June 24, 2006, during the live Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale which aired on Spike TV, Couture became only the fourth man to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Following his knockout loss to Lyoto Machida in the second round, Randy Couture announced his retirement.


Randy recently signed on to be one of the coaches for Bellator's new reality show much to the dismay of UFC pres Dana White.

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