(WTNH)–MMA champion Randy Couture is in Connecticut this week to promote Bellator 140, a night of MMA fighting at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.
SportzEdge’s John Pierson got a shot at the legendary former champ at our News 8 studios on Thursday. Check it out.
PIERSON: We’ve got Randy Couture here. The former MMA champion, actor…man, you’re a busy guy. What are you doing in Connecticut?
COUTURE: We have Bellator 140 Friday night at Mohegan Sun. All the best welterweights in the division are competing, one title fight on the line. A great night of fights and some title implications in an 170-pound class.
PIERSON: You had a lot of great fights, but you haven’t been in the ring in a while. Do you miss it at all?
COUTURE: No, I think I made a good decision. One of those rational decisions that I made four years ago. I had to kind of come to terms with letting go of competition, being realistic about where I stood in the division.[I asked myself], Was I wasn’t going to be the best guy in my weight class any time soon? Which is why we all do this, to be the best. And the answer to that question was, no, probably not.
PIERSON: [MMA] really took off, and you seemed to get into it at the right time.
COUTURE: You know, we were all worried there for awhile that it might go away. Senator McCain and others were kind of pounding on the sport, and they had their own reasons for doing that. There were attachments to boxing, and boxing felt threatened.
That forced us to run towards regulation, and I think that’s all been good for the sport. The rounds are more understandable, you can understand the judging, the weight classes, all of the things that have come about because of those regulations, and fighter safety, which is a huge issue. We’ve never had any serious injuries in our sport.
PIERSON: So you go from having your face bloodied, or bloodying faces I should say, to putting makeup on as an actor. How’s that transition been?
COUTURE: Well I had to do it a few times for commentating and different things like that. It’s certainly a little bit different to emote real things. I spent my life as an athlete tuck all that stuff away, so it didn’t get in the way of competition, and now I’ve got to try and find a way to relate to it, and that’s a bit of a different animal.
PIERSON: Do you still have all your real teeth?
COUTURE: No, they’ve been kicked out. My last fight, fought for 14 years had all my own teeth, and my very last fight, my retirement fight, I got kicked right in the mouth and knocked the four front ones right out.
PIERSON: Have you ever beaten up a local sportscaster before?
COUTURE: No, but I’d kinda like to do it.