Randy Couture: From the Octagon to Hollywood
Couture speaks about his transition from being a fighter to movie screen actor.
Sylvester Stallone mentioned in his recent interview with David Letterman that none of the guys (Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Stone Cold Steve Austin) of The Expendables can hold a candle to Randy Couture. Does this show how tough Couture can be that even somebody like Stallone can say those words?
To clear things out, Couture sat down with MMAFighting.com to talk about his new Hollywood title, his learning from filming the movie and what to look forward to his career. Read excerpts of the interview below:
MMA: Is there anything you could learn from a person like Jet Li that you could apply to MMA, or is the type of martial arts practiced by Jet Li something that only works in Hollywood, not inside the Octagon?
Couture: I think you can learn from anybody. I don’t know if you’re going to learn fighting on a movie set, but there are things that a person like Dolph or a person like Jet could teach me, for sure.
MMA: When you were filming The Expendables did you have people with you that you could spar with and train with?
Couture:I filmed The Expendables last summer and then moved straight from filming that to my fight camp for my fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in August, and I was in good shape for that fight and had a good fight, so I think the work I did was enough to have me prepared.
MMA: What did you think of Saturday night’s Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen fight?
Couture: It was a great fight. Chael had a perfect game plan but got a little out of position and a little careless in the end. Anderson Silva is a great fighter but Chael was very close to winning the title.
MMA: You’re certainly more known as a UFC fighter now, but do you think there might be a day when you’re known more as an actor than a fighter?
Couture: It’s certainly a possibility. I don’t worry too much about public perception but just as I’ve accomplished a lot in my sport, I hope I accomplish a lot as an actor and that takes care of itself. I think I’m on the right track.