|John Ferguson and Randy share a pint|
It's not every evening your sat next to a UFC Hall of Famer eyeing up the last chicken wing and thinking "what happens if I go for this..." but that's exactly what went down yesterday in Dublin's Louis Fitzgerald Hotel. Ferguson Sports hosted an Evening with Randy Couture, it was an opportunity for fans to meet and greet the former UFC Champion as he launched his new books "The Last Round." Randy, sporting a Guinness cap was in great form and kept the crowd entertained throughout with his tales of old and razor sharpe wit.
A real giant of a man - he hulked up to the top of the room, put his sizable frame on a creaky looking podium and with a gentle "Hi guys" welcomed all to the signing, informing the crowd that it was largest turn our he had on the entire tour. Ferguson Sports & Cage Contender Head John Ferguson confirmed this - all credit goes to either the draw of "The Natural" or Ferguson's skills as a promoter but the event was jammed with a sizable queue stretching after the Q & A for a photo op' or chance to sign some memorabilia.
The former three time Heavyweight Champion and two time Light-Heavyweight Champion had the following to say;
- On Brock Lesnar - "The break will do him well but he needs to become friends with being punched in the face - we all have to sooner or later"
- On the toughest fight of his career - "Pedro Rizzo - his leg swelled up to twice it's size - he couldn't walk for a week - but he then learned how to check leg kicks."
- On his greatest moment in his career - "Beating Tim Sylvia to re-gain his Heavyweight Championship."
- On fighter's he admires most "Chael Sonnen (has known him since he was a teenager) - GSP (his athleticism) - Gray Maynard.
- On Anderson Silva frustrates him - "With all his talent why isn't his focus putting people away - nobody wants to see him dance."
- On son Ryan Couture's career "Doing well, would like to see him with more fights in Strikeforce - 155 UFC Divisions is a sharktank.
- Would he agree to a superfight with Fedor - No he spent a lot of money and 13 months trying to get the fight.
- Would he agree to a Superfight with Steven Seagal - Yes!
- On regrets - "None."
Randy was really in fine form - he spoke about how comfortable his decision was to retire - how he was glad that he walked away on his terms when he was ready. He remains very closed with Chuck (Liddell) and watched his decline with an uneasy eye. He still trains almost every day (looks it) and is starring in a movie with Vinny Jones in 2012 in addition to the expendables with Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris no doubt.
All in all a savage evening with man the call Captain America. More Photos below....