MMA Sport issue 10 interview
exclusive with Randy Couture
What have you been filling your time up with?
Randy: Basically running the business, the schools are
doing well. Our clothing company is doing really well.
We’re getting ready to re-launch the nutrition
line and reorganize that company, got rid of a partner
and trying to get that back up on it’s feet and
trying to get it running the way it was supposed to
be running all along. I got several more acting gigs,
can always use those. I’m doing a movie in March
in China called ‘Mandrake the Magician’
with Universal. I sold a TV show to Spike about a military
base drama, that I’ll be a main character in.
What’s the deal with you and your fighting career
at the moment?
Randy: I have a contract with the UFC that I have wait
until expires. They can’t make the Fedor fight
happen, so I have to wait until it expires and then
have to make the fight myself, which the soonest it
may be is October. I’m still training though,
I’m still having a lot of fun.
What do you do when you’re not here?
Randy: I’m traveling for all the businesses. All
the schools, I have around the country.
When did this gym open up?
Randy: It will be a year in February. It’s about
12,000 square feet total. It’s a good size, we
can see ourselves expanding even. We’ve got a
little over 400 members, regular members and then 15-20
pro fighters. We’ve also got locations in Vancouver,
Canada, there’s one in Wellington, FL, one in
Lombard near Chicago, IL, we’re opening up one
in Kansas City, MO and Toronto, CA, the first quarter
of this year. I try to get to the locations as often
as I can. Once a year maybe twice. Try to do a seminar
or training. School teaches all ages. We’ve got
a kids program that is 6 years old and up. Got about
20 or so of them that come on a regular basis here and
they get to train in mma and wrestling. I only work
with the pros, I don’t do regular instruction,
all the fighters do the regular instruction.
Do you miss goofing off with Joe Rogan?
Randy: (laughs) Yea, I do miss commentating. I think
I’ll go back to that eventually.
What fighters here do you see here that maybe people
don’t know about that catch your eye?
Randy: We’ve just got such a great crew, top to
bottom. People that most people don’t see a lot
or know about are people like Mike Pile, he has been
a steady performer here and would really like to see
him get a break, which he deserves. We’re really
excited about Gray Maynard and him coming off the show
and doing all he’s done. Tyson Griffin one of
the toughest guys in the 155 weight class. Obviously
guys like Forrest, Trigg, Kendall Grove, he’s
obviously doing well, Gina Carano, Elena Reid, the women
are starting to pick up, (ask if Gina is there)..Gina’s
not here now, but she’s here training most of
the time. If she’s not up doing a tv show or something,
she’s here training. She just did the new American
Gladiators series. So yeah, overall we’ve got
a great group of people. Stephen Bonner is great. We
attract such great talent because we do things a little
different here, we don’t get into the purses.
We create an environment that is good for the fighters,
they take care of each other and push each other to