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Weekly Roundup: Vera, McKee, GSP, Couture, and Sonnen

Written on January 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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This week's roundup is all about your favorite fighters that made some noise these past few days. And Fighting Insider is talking about George St-Pierre, Randy Couture, Brandon Vera, Antonio McKee and Chael Sonnen.

This is a new habit here at Fighting Insider, as we bring you the most controversial news from our site this week. But more than that, Fighting Insider will also include the hottest updates from your favorite MMA sources. As if Fighting Insider is not one of your list, eh?

This weeks roundup is all about your favorite MMA fighters that made some noise last week — in a good and not-so-good way. From fighters that will be making another step inside the Octagon, to names that is heading out of the promotion, to a guilty Realtor that’s giving up his license to the authority — Fighting Insider got it all here!

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Randy Couture’s Retirement Remains Premature

Written on December 16, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"It's time to move on and focus on all the other amazing things going on in my life." ---Randy Couture

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Hall of Famer Randy Couture shocked the world last Tuesday evening when he suddenly announced that he is quitting on his MMA career of 13 years, with 29 fights and two titles.

“I think I’m at the end of it y’all,” Couture tweeted last Tuesday on his Twitter account wherein he has more than 70,000 followers. “It’s time.”

“It’s time to move on and focus on all the other amazing things going on in my life,” he added on his Facebook account.

But this statement is premature, according to his lawyer and representative, Sam Spira.

“There’s been no official announcement,” Spira said. “There’s been no decision. Any announcements or decisions would be likely coordinated with the UFC.”

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Couture: Moving On from Fighting

Written on October 21, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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At his age, Randy Couture thinks that it is probably time to shift from one career to another. And he's making his way to the Hollywood side. After The Expendables, where will Couture be?

During the UFC Fan Expo in London, John Joe O’ Regan of Fighters Only Magazine was able to snatch an interview with Randy Couture. When the UFC veteran was asked to explain further his latest comment about his career in the future, he honestly answered that he’s not sure what to do yet. But he will definitely make more movies, and he is in fact started shooting for the sequel of The Expendables. And though Couture already said that he welcomes another fight, if something worth it is coming, he’s no longer up for a title match.

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Emelianenko TKOs Couture, Sort Of

Written on October 20, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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At long last! Fedor Emelianenko locked horns with Randy Couture, but only in a virtual game. Both fighters were able to show off their fighting skills, as they experienced the newest EA Sports MMA video game first-hand.

Though Fedor Emalianenko is from a small town in Russia, it doesn’t mean that they do not have XBox in Stary Oskol. In fact, he has one in their house where he plays a bit from time to time. And to prove that he can manage a gaming console, he showed off his skills last Tuesday at Universal City Walk with Randy Couture. Emelianenko took a head-to-head fight versus Couture in a match-up of the new EA Sports MMA video game. It was a spirited fight, intended to promote the new video game that hit stores today. Both fighters played their characters in the game, and Emelianenko handed Couture a brutal TKO loss.

You can check out their virtual fight in the video after the skip.

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Fighting is No Longer Couture’s Primary Focus

Written on October 11, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Randy Couture is facing the biggest fight of his career. Will he go to Hollywood or must he continue his trail in UFC? Can Hollywood give him the spotlight better than Las Vegas?

UFC Hall of Fame – Randy Couture – is not yet hanging up his gloves, but admits that he’s in crossroads nowadays. After his cinematic role with the action film luminaries in “The Expendables,” Couture realizes that he has a brighter future in Hollywood than Las Vegas.

And it seems that he’s eyeing to be a Hollywood star for the next ten to 15 years.

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UFC 118: Events Recap

Written on August 30, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The complete recap of the UFC 118 game last Saturday. See who went home victorious.

Saturday’s UFC 118 made victory bloody great. First, the rematch between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn for the lightweight title aimed well, making Edgar retain his title. It seems that the Saturday’s event was a continuation of the UFC 112 fight. Penn was striked by Edgar all over in all angles. All aiming for take down.

On the 4th round, Penn scored but not long after Edgar got him and that ended up the fight in Edgar’s hands.

Ultimately, the judges gave him the shutout victory, and Edgar won the fight via scores of 50-45 on all three cards.

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Randy Couture: Toney’s Help Towards Victory

Written on August 30, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Now, we can conclude that those who don't speak are those who knew better.

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture (19-10 MMA, 16-7 UFC) has long been recognized as one of the “legend” fighters in MMA octagon. Most observers expected Couture MMA at the approach of his fight with James Toney 118 (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Saturday night in Boston just as he did – by boxer made on the back and ending the fight quickly.

“The first thing I noticed when I got into the cage and kind of settled in was he was wearing those things on his feet,” said Couture, referencing what he said looked like “slippers.” “That’s exactly why you don’t see a lot of guys shoot that shot – because it’s pretty easy to counter. You shoot from a longer distance away. You have to get pretty low. A good grappler or a good wrestler is going to step out of that. You’re catching his heel, and hopefully you get some pressure on his knee and force him to his butt. I didn’t think James would have a counter or an answer to that. You don’t see that shot very often in MMA simply because good grapplers counter it pretty easily.”

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James Toney: I See Fear in Randy Couture’s Eyes

Written on August 28, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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James Toney said he saw fear in Randy "The Legend" Couture's eyes. Let's see if this fear will make Toney win the fight.

It has been 24 hours after standing face to face with UFC 118 Randy Couture (18-10 MMA, 15-7 UFC), and boxing champion James Toney (72-6-3 boxing, 0-0 MMA) remembered how it felt.

“I seen fear,” Toney said when interviewed last Thursday’s media workout session. “I smelled it, too. Everybody can sit there and say, ‘Oh, Randy was tough. He was cool.’ All the Randy Couture fans were [saying that]. Up close and personal, you could see it in his eyes. He ain’t never seen nobody like me in his life.”

Toney and Couture had no chance for another meeting last Thursday because UFC officials follow the traditional way that they prevent fighters from crossing each other’s paths before the fight. But after the staredown at Wednesday’s pre-event presscon, Toney said his confidence is high.

“I’m a whole different species,” Toney said. “I’m something he ain’t never seen before in his [expletive] life. I can knock him out, or I can choke him out – either, or.

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Gray Maynard’s Future Isn’t Planned Yet

Written on August 26, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"If you have time to prepare, I'll take anyone. I'll fight anyone, and I believe I'll win." -Gray Maynard

Gray Maynard (9-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) speaks of his UFC 118 event with confidence. While the victory for this Saturday’s UFC 118 will mean a much awaited big shot for the lightweight title he wasn’t at all focused on the belt. Instead he was thinking of his opponent Kenny Florian (14-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC). And […]

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UFC 118 Conference: Open to Fans

Written on August 25, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The UFC 118 Press Conference is opening its gate to everyone!

Behold MMA-UFC fanatics! The official pre-UFC 118 press conference is open for you too. The event will take place on Wednesday at Boston’s historic Great Hall in Faneuil Hall.
Joining the press is UFC President Dana White, main card fighters Randy Couture and James Toney, re-match fighters Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn and Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard.

The event is prior to Saturday’s main even UFC 118 at Boston’s TD Garded. It will also include the special “UFC Prelims” to be aired on Spike TC and the come back of the UFC Fan Expo that’ll mark UFC’s debut on Massachusetts.

The Full Card includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Champ Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn (for lightweight title)
Randy Couture vs. James Toney
Demian Maia vs. Mario Miranda
Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard
Marcus Davis vs. Nate Diaz
Joe Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger
Nik Lentz vs. Andre Winner
Dan Miller vs. John Salter
Nick Osipczak vs. Greg Soto
Amilcar Alves vs. Mike Pierce

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