Guest Star: "Each & Every Fight Is Unlike Most Of The Boxing & Pro Wrestling Matches"
Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 5:05PM
[With rap stars like DMX and Coolio having previously shown interest in getting involved with Mixed Martial Arts, retired MMA fighter-turned-actor Randy Couture speaks on the sport's growing popularity.]
I think MMA is a great form of fitness first of all. I've got a gym full of guys that never really want to get punched in the face, but they just want to use mixed martial arts as a form of working out, learning some skills and getting and staying in shape.
I think once you've been in the gym setting and have learned the technique and done some of the training, it's a natural progression to want to test yourself by putting yourself out there and being in the heat of it. I think that's why those guys go out and seek training.
Everybody asks those questions like, "What would I do in that situation?" and "How would I respond under that kind of pressure?" and it kind of goes back to being little kids and wondering what it would be like [to be] in a war. You run around with sticks and pretend to be shooting a gun, responding like you would if somebody was really shooting at you. It's kind of that same thing. I think it's pretty normal for a lot of guys to want to do some fighting and wanting to get out there and compete.Mixed martial arts appeals to so many people because it is so visual and real. Each and every fight is unlike most of the boxing matches or even some of the pro wrestling matches where it's more about the main event. Each and every MMA fight is exciting. The guys really put it on the line for each and every fight. I think it does capture people's attention and that's why they like it.
And I don't think [participants] are going to get hurt. I've been doing this sport for a long, long time and I've never seen any real serious injuries. I never saw nothing that couldn't heal in a couple of weeks. So I don't think it's bad. It is what it is and I think the guys realize where they're at, having fun and trying to test the water with how they can hold up.
The amount that sports has evolved in the 14 years I've been involved is remarkable. We went from weigh ins in the lobby of Holiday Inns in Augusta, Georgia to now courting off half of an arena to accomodate six or seven thousand fans who come for the weigh ins for the pay-per-views now. It's a remarkable difference and it's been an amazing ride. I've had an absolute blast seeing it continue to grow.
Randy Couture is a mixed martial arts fighter and boxer. He is the first to hold two Ultimate Fighting Championship titles in both the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions. He is regarded as a master strategist in boxing. Couture began acting in 2003, taking a small part in the film Cradle 2 the Grave and acting as himself on the hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.