by MMAWeekly TV
Standing up in complete defiance of Father Time, UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy “The Natural” Couture successfully defended his belt on Saturday night defeating challenger Gabriel Gonzaga. It was only the latest in his “overcoming the odds” saga.
Couture wasn’t supposed to defeat Chuck Liddell at UFC 43 for the light heavyweight belt. When he returned earlier this year from a brief retirement, he wasn’t supposed to beat then champion Tim Sylvia either. And going into the fight with Gonzaga, on paper and on the betting lines, Couture was once again the underdog.
But once again, he overcame the odds, never seemingly in trouble during the fight. That’s not to say that he came out of his latest defense unscathed though. He blocked a kick during the fight that caused a lot of pain in his arm. When it was still swollen the following morning, he went in to get it x-rayed. The result? A broken ulna.
“I checked a kick off my forearm in the third round. I mean, it was a hard kick; it hurt. It was bone on bone contact, but I was kind of hoping it was just a real bad bruise, but it swelled up real good later that night and on Sunday morning, so I went in and got it x-rayed. Sure enough, it was broken,” said Couture.
The UFC Heavyweight Champ discussed the break in detail, his plans for returning to action, his thoughts on constantly being placed as the underdog, his lead role in the upcoming prequel to “The Scorpion King” and much, much more.