So Kim Couture got the crap beaten out of her last night:
Though Alessio and Spratt headlined, the main event for most of the Las Vegas fans that attended was the professional debut of hometown favorite Kim Couture. Her opponent, Kim Rose, also made her professional debut on Friday night.
It was Rose that wasted no time establishing herself. As the bout opened, she came storming in with an overhand right that found its mark and crumbled Couture to the canvas. She immediately followed with a flurry of hammer blows, but Couture somehow held on and weathered the storm.
Little did anyone know at the time, Couture not only suffered a broken nose in the exchange, but the bone-crushing overhand right, according to her Xtreme Couture teammate Brice Ritani-Coe, actually split her lower jab bone in the middle of her chin.
As the fight wore on, Rose continued to find her mark with a head-snapping left jab and more solid right hands, leaving Couture’s face a crimson mask at times. Couture wasn’t without her moments, despite the severity of her injuries, executing a couple of fluent leg trips, but was unable to do much offensively to her downed opponent.
In the end, it was Rose that easily dominated the judges’ scorecards, winning her professional debut by unanimous decision.
Kim Couture left the Thomas & Mack Center in an ambulance on Friday night, perhaps battered and broken, but she also left with a fighter’s heart well intact. It may sound odd considering she lost her professional debut, but in the manner that she battled on through her injuries just to finish the fight, she emerged from the shadow of her famous husband to become not Randy Couture’s fighting wife, but Kim Couture, fighter.
Props to Kim for sticking it out and not tapping like a wuss when her nose was broken or her jaw was CRACKED IN FUCKING HALF. As the article said, she showed her mettle and earned the title of “fighter” rather than just “Yoko who convinced Randy to leave the UFC”. It will be interesting to see if she keeps competing after that drubbing or if she hangs up the gloves. Taking that kind of damage in your first pro fight must make you re-think the whole idea of competing at the pro level.