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UFC News: Randy Couture Quits The UFC (Updated)
According to TFN, ” Captain America” Randy Couture has announced he will no longer fight in the UFC and it looks like the UFC not signing Fedor Emeliananko was a one of the big deciding factor in his decision.
“I appreciate this opportunity the sport of MMA and the UFC has given me,” the UFC Hall-of-Famer said. “However, I’m tired of swimming upstream at this stage with the management of the UFC. It only makes sense at this point in my career to fight Fedor Emelianenko, and since he’s now signed with another organization, I feel like it’s time to resign and focus on my other endeavors.”
The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Couture was not happy with the UFC promising big paydays to outside fighters and still feeding its own fighters scrap.
It is known Couture was one of the top UFC fighters who was unhappy when reading about the huge money guaranteed in the company’s offers to Emelianenko, because he felt he and a few others were the fighters who helped build the current popularity and they weren’t getting guaranteed income for fights anywhere near that level, particularly since they were bigger drawing cards.
He will leave the UFC Heavyweight title and his UFC broadcasting career on the table as he seeks out other opportunities. It is uncertain whether he will seek out the fight with Fedor. Here is what Randy’s Agent had to say:
“Randy’s contract was on a fight-by-fight basis, and that’s the way he said he was always going to take it — fight by fight,” said Matt Walker, Couture’s agent at The Gersh Agency. “His acting career is accelerating at an astronomical rate, and without the support he felt some of his peers were receiving in the fight business, this was the logical choice.”
This is shocking news coming from the legendary UFC hall of famer.
Here is UFC president Dana Whites response to the Couture announcement:
“I’m not surprised at all by Randy’s decision. I talked to Randy several weeks ago and he said that if he couldn’t fight Fedor, then he has nothing left to prove in the sport of mixed martial arts.
“He has been doing a lot of acting, and I know he is in South Africa right now filming a movie. I think it’s a great move for Randy’s acting career to retire from fighting while he is on top.
“As we all know, Randy retired before. The landscape in MMA changes every day. So when he is ready to come out of retirement again, he is still under contract with me, and I’m ready to promote him.”