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Randy Couture is still UFC Heavyweight Champion

I said it during the radio show: I’m tired of sucking Steve Cofield’s balls all the time, but damnit … he shows you what a good reporter with solid MMA knowledge and legitimate press credentials can do. The latest example of this is a one on one interview with Dana White right after UFC79. Go here to listen to the full 10 minute audio, but here’s the bit that interested me the most:

“Couture is still the heavyweight champion, he’s going to have to honor his contract or retire. And I expect him to honor it, he’s Captain America, he’s an honorable guy. He’s took over a half a million dollars in signing money and he’s got two fights with me. So this is in the lawyer’s hands now and we’ll see what happens.”

Yeah, I know … the title of this post made everything sound a lot more positive than the actual quote. Basically it sounds like Randy is remaining the champion for legal reasons more than any other reason … as Fedor revealed in an interview, being a champion in the UFC kinda sucks because it locks you into a bunch of way more restrictive clauses as to what you can or can’t do. So long as Randy’s the champion, they’ve got him in a full nelson tighter than the one Rich Clementi threw on Melvin Guillard.

  • natureboy

    full nelson.

  • fightlinker

    damnit, I knew that too. Brain fart

  • Jemaleddin

    Those restrictive clauses are there to prevent what Randy’s doing: winning the title and then trying to wander off into another organization with the UFC’s signing money. This is no different than any other job: if you get a signing bonus, you have to stay for a year or pay it back. If you take company-sponsored training, you have to stay 6 months. College classes, 2 years. It’s all about protecting the investment. Dana may be a prick, but Randy’s wrong about this.

  • Tanner

    I’m glad that someone else on the fucking internets saw that the Tim Sylvia vs Big Nog fight was an INTERIM title. It seemed that slipped under everyone elses fucking noses.