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Randy Couture

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Win Rate
63 %
Finish Rate
58 %
Decision Win %
90 %

Randy Couture

Age
58
Height
6' 1 (185 cm)
Reach
75 in. (6' 3/191 cm)
Ape-Index
1.032
Stance
Orthodox
Nationality
United States
Main Division
Light Heavyweight
Biography
He wrestled at Alderwood Middle School in Lynnwood, Washington, then moved on to Lynnwood High School, where he won a State Championship during his senior year in wrestling. He served in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 1988, attaining the rank of Sergeant in the 101st Airborne, where he "wrestled and did a little boxing." While he was in the Army he applied for tryouts with the U.S. Army Freestyle Wrestling team; however, due to a clerical error his application was sent to the Greco-Roman tryouts and rather than wait until the next year he decided to pursue it. Upon discharge, Couture became a three-time Olympic team alternate , a semifinalist at the 2000 Olympic Trials, a three-time NCAA Division I All-American and a two-time NCAA Division I runner-up at Oklahoma State University. In 1992, he was the Division I runner-up at 190 pounds , coming in second after Mark Kerr.
Fighter Trivia
He often works with and is the long-term partner of model and actress Mindy Robinson. Asked if MMA could be improved, he suggested health insurance, retirement plans as well as more equal compensation regarding other athletes and sports. On October 23, 2019, Couture suffered a heart attack after training and walked himself to a nearby hospital.

Awards & Accolades

  • Pan American Games: Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – second place (June 13, 1990)
  • Pan American Games: Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – winner (January 1, 1991)
  • Pan American Games: Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – second place (January 1, 1992)
  • Pan American Games: Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 97 kg – third place (May 21, 1997)
  • Pan American Games: Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 97 kg – second place (March 24, 1998)
  • Pan American Games: Pan American Games Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – winner (August 6, 1991)
  • FILA Wrestling World Championships: FILA test tournament Greco-Roman Seniors 97 kg – third place (March 14, 1998)
  • FILA Wrestling World Championships: FILA World Cup Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – third place (November 9, 1991)
  • FILA Wrestling World Championships: FILA World Cup Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – third place (November 21, 1992)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association: NCAA Division I All-American (1990, 1991, 1992)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association: NCAA Division I 190 lb/86.4 kg – 6th place out of Oklahoma State University (1990)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association: NCAA Division I 190 lb/86.4 kg – Runner-up out of Oklahoma State University (1991)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association: NCAA Division I 190 lb/86.4 kg – Runner-up out of Oklahoma State University (1992)
  • UFC: UFC Hall of Fame
  • UFC: UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament Champion
  • UFC: UFC Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
  • UFC: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • UFC: Interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • UFC: UFC Viewer's Choice Award
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (two times)
  • UFC: First multi-divisional champion in UFC history
  • UFC: First & only fighter that was a multi-divisional champion that won back the title after losing it (2x at Heavyweight & 1x at Light Heavyweight)
  • UFC: Most championship fights in UFC history (15)
  • UFC: Most championship reigns in UFC history (6)
  • UFC: Most main event bouts in UFC history (18) – tied with Anderson Silva
  • UFC: Oldest fighter to be a champion in UFC history (45 years, 60 days)
  • UFC: Oldest fighter to win a championship in UFC history (43 Years 255 Days)
  • UFC: Oldest fighter to defend a championship successfully(44 years Old)
  • UFC: Oldest fighter to win a bout in UFC history (47 years, 68 days)
  • Black Belt Magazine: 1997 Full-Contact Competitor of the Year
  • Black Belt Magazine: Black Belt Magazine Hall of Famer
  • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame: 2013 George Tragos award
  • Inside Fights: 2009 Fight of the Year – vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira on August 29
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2001 Fight of the Year vs. Pedro Rizzo on May 4
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2003 Most Outstanding Fighter
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2007 MMA Most Valuable Fighter
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter: MMA Most Valuable Fighter of the Decade (2000s)
  • World MMA Awards: 2010 Outstanding Contribution to MMA Award
  • MMA Freak: MMA Freak Hall of Fame Class of 2013

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