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MMA Hall of Fame: Randy Couture

Written on January 29, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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An American UFC fighter, Hall of Fame member and actor, Randy Couture is one the most notable names in the Mixed Martial Arts that you'll hear.

Randy “” Couture proved himself to be an awesome fighter to watch. Born on June 22, 1963 in Lynnwood, Washington, served in the military for six years after graduating from high school. During his time in the army, he took up some boxing lessons to relieve himself of the boring army drills. However, did not receive any boxing match.

Randy Couture made his debut in 1997. He fought in the heavyweight class, defeating Tony Halme and Steven Graham. But after acquiring two consecutive losses, he moved to the light-heavyweight division. In his first light-heavyweight match, Randy Couture defeated Chuck Lidell via knock out, and snatched the light heavyweight title. Randy Couture is the only fighter that was able to take out two championship titles in the history of . More over, he is the only fighter to win a championship after becoming a member.

Being one of UFC’s Hall of Fame members, Randy Couture is distinct with his clinch and ground-and-pound fighting techniques. He uses his wrestling abilities to execute takedowns and establish top position. Then, Randy Couture will rattle his opponent with strikes while lying on the mat. In addition to that, Randy Couture can also submit opponents using three various chokehold by displaying his skills in Boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With so much achievements under his belt, it is no brainer that Randy Couture is the oldest title older ever in the history of MMA.

But more than an MMA fighter, Randy Couture is also an actor. After being part of The Expendables, the UFC Hall of Fame member is contemplating on stepping out of the Octagon and pursuing his acting career. Regardless, fans will still see him in the big screen for The Expendables 2.

Achievements

Greco-Roman Wrestling

  • * Pan American Games
  • o Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – second place (June 13, 1990)
  • o Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – winner (January 1, 1991)
  • o Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – second place (January 1, 1992)
  • o Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 97 kg – third place (May 21, 1997)
  • o Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 97 kg – second place (March 24, 1998)
  • o Pan American Games Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – winner (August 6, 1991)
  • * FILA Wrestling World Championships
  • o FILA test tournament Greco-Roman Seniors 97 kg – third place (March 14, 1998)
  • o FILA World Cup Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – third place (November 9, 1991)
  • o FILA World Cup Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – third place (November 21, 1992)

Mixed Martial Arts

  • * Black Belt Magazine
  • o 1997 Full-Contact Competitor of the Year [1]
  • * Fighting Network RINGS
  • o RINGS King of Kings 2000 Tournament Semifinalist
  • * Inside Fights
  • o 2009 Fight of the Year – vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on August 29 [57]
  • * Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • o UFC Heavyweight Championship (Three times)
  • o UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (Two times)
  • o Interim UFC Light Heavyweight championship (One time)
  • o UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament Winner
  • o Fight of the Night (Two Times)
  • o UFC Hall of Fame
  • o UFC Viewer’s Choice Award[58]
  • o Most Championship reigns in UFC history (Six times)
  • o Most Championship fights in UFC history (Fifteen times)
  • o Oldest fighter to win a title in UFC history (43 years, 255 days)
  • o First fighter to hold Championship titles in two weight classes
  • * Wrestling Observer Newsletter
  • o 2003 Most Outstanding Fighter
  • o MMA Most Valuable Fighter (2007)
  • o MMA Most Valuable Fighter of the Decade (2000–2009)[59]
  • o 2001 Fight of the Year vs. Pedro Rizzo on May 4
  • o 2007 Fight of the Year vs. Tim Sylvia on March 3
  • * World MMA Awards
  • o Outstanding Contribution to MMA


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