by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
When Kim Couture faces Lina
Kvokov at Strikeforce’s “Destruction” this Friday, it will have been five
months and a day since she made her professional MMA debut.
At this point, it’s hard to
imagine anything shocking her inside the cage, considering the first few
seconds of her bout with Kim Rose at “Night of Combat” on June 20. Rose’s first
overhand right shattered Couture’s jaw in two places, sidelining her for four
months while she awaited a doctor’s clearance to fight.
In early October, she learned
about an opportunity to fight again through HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon.
“Five weeks ago when I got
approached with this fight, I went to the doctor and asked if I could be released,
and he checked everything, and (I) got the a-okay to start sparring,” she told
MMAWeekly.com in a recent video interview. “So I’ve been sparring ever
The metal plate used to help
Couture’s jaw heal properly will still be in place when she fights on Friday,
but apparently won’t impede her performance.
Before sparring, she had been
working with her strength and conditioning coach and practicing jiu-jitsu, that
and a lot of golf.
“I’m just fortunate to get
cleared and get back in there,” she said. “I think everybody took that break
and took that loss harder than I did.”
She knows little about her
opponent, Lina Kvokov. In the absence of tape to pore over, her gameplan isn’t
rigidly defined. But judging from the way she hits pads at Xtreme Couture, it’s
probably geared towards striking. Her punches and knees are sharp; they land
with a loud slap that adds to the din of other slaps in the converted warehouse
Couture has the pick of the
litter when it comes to trainers at the gym, and says they’ve taken her to the
next level in her evolution as a fighter.
“I think it’s the combination
of trainers that I’ve found right now that really fit together nicely,” she said. “Ray
Sefo and Gil Martinez, the footwork that they’ve been having me do, putting my
kicks together with my boxing, has been fantastic. I always do my jiu-jitsu
with Robert Drysdale, and he’s amazing. Randy does my wrestling, and that’s
always fun. I just feel like everything’s coming together right now.”
Combined with her other
pursuits, fighting remains a hobby to Couture. She plans to promote up to six
more MMA events in 2009. If she can squeeze a few fights in between, all the
“I thought it was good for me,”
Couture said of the layoff. “I feel like it’s changed me inside, and I feel
really focused and excited.