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August 28, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire, UFC 118: Randy Couture wins battle of MMA vs. boxing; Frankie Edgar retains lightweight title
A boxer stepped into the octagon Saturday, and he was clearly out of his league. Decorated Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Randy Couture needed only 15 seconds to shoot to the legs of former world champion boxer James Toney, taking him down and battering him until Toney tapped out in defeat at 3:19 of the first round in UFC 118 at Boston's TD Garden. Couture said the advantage he knew he'd have on Toney "worked," as he immediately mounted Toney and unleashed multiple rights and lefts to the boxer's head.
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August 19, 2013 | By Richard Verrrier
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back -- in Bulgaria. The action star and former governor of California, who championed filming in the state, is returning to Bulgaria to shoot the third installment in the "Expendables" franchise. Lionsgate and Millennium Films said principal photography on "The Expendables 3" began Monday in Bulgaria, where the second movie about an elite group of mercenaries was also filmed. The production will once again be based at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia, taking advantage of Bulgaria's low-cost and non-union crews.
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March 4, 2007 | From Times wire services
After losing two out of three fights to Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell and a tearful retirement in 2006, it was believed that Randy Couture had run out of chances. But before a packed house at the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, the 43-year-old UFC Hall of Famer pulled another surprise, dominating Tim Sylvia for five rounds, scoring a shutout decision that earned Couture a third UFC heavyweight championship.
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July 24, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Sylvester Stallone announced on his Twitter account that Ultimate Fighting Championship star Ronda Rousey and former welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz will appear in the third “The Expendables” film. Rousey, scheduled to defend her women's bantamweight belt for the second time Dec. 28 against Miesha Tate, reportedly signed with the talent agency William Morris  this year. Ortiz, who hasn't fought since getting his jaw broken in a June 2012 loss to Josesito Lopez at Staples Center, recently performed on ABC's “Dancing With the Stars.” “Expendables 3” is aiming for an August 2014 release, according to IMDB.
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July 24, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Sylvester Stallone announced on his Twitter account that Ultimate Fighting Championship star Ronda Rousey and former welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz will appear in the third “The Expendables” film. Rousey, scheduled to defend her women's bantamweight belt for the second time Dec. 28 against Miesha Tate, reportedly signed with the talent agency William Morris  this year. Ortiz, who hasn't fought since getting his jaw broken in a June 2012 loss to Josesito Lopez at Staples Center, recently performed on ABC's “Dancing With the Stars.” “Expendables 3” is aiming for an August 2014 release, according to IMDB.
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August 19, 2013 | By Richard Verrrier
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back -- in Bulgaria. The action star and former governor of California, who championed filming in the state, is returning to Bulgaria to shoot the third installment in the "Expendables" franchise. Lionsgate and Millennium Films said principal photography on "The Expendables 3" began Monday in Bulgaria, where the second movie about an elite group of mercenaries was also filmed. The production will once again be based at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia, taking advantage of Bulgaria's low-cost and non-union crews.
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November 16, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Pugmire is a Times staff writer.
Brock Lesnar has said life isn't about making friends, and he didn't make many more Saturday in beating Ultimate Fighting Championship's popular heavyweight champion Randy Couture by second-round technical knockout. But Lesnar, a former World Wrestling Entertainment "champion," is used to playing a villain, and now he gets to do it in a real sport. "I may come off as a cocky . . .
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November 18, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Pugmire is a Times staff writer.
Brock Lesnar's second-round technical knockout Saturday of Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Randy Couture delivered the widely seen adrenaline shot that organization executives anticipated. But as Couture fell to the canvas, some casual fans of mixed martial arts may have wondered why Lesnar was allowed to pounce atop Couture, hold him down and then deliver more than 30 punches to the 45-year-old's head before being awarded a technical knockout.
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August 26, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS -- He gave away 16 years and more than 23 pounds, but Randy Couture held on to the most important advantage -- his fighting smarts -- to successfully defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight belt Saturday night.
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October 31, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Responding to criticism from resigned champion Randy Couture that they underpaid fighters, Ultimate Fighting Championship executives Tuesday took the unprecedented step of publicly announcing what they're paying the former heavyweight star this year: nearly $2.9 million. "We pay our fighters very well," UFC President Dana White said at a news conference in Las Vegas. "The statements [Couture] has made are not true."
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August 28, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire, UFC 118: Randy Couture wins battle of MMA vs. boxing; Frankie Edgar retains lightweight title
A boxer stepped into the octagon Saturday, and he was clearly out of his league. Decorated Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Randy Couture needed only 15 seconds to shoot to the legs of former world champion boxer James Toney, taking him down and battering him until Toney tapped out in defeat at 3:19 of the first round in UFC 118 at Boston's TD Garden. Couture said the advantage he knew he'd have on Toney "worked," as he immediately mounted Toney and unleashed multiple rights and lefts to the boxer's head.
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August 27, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
If you're an over-40 sports fan who won't acknowledge mixed martial arts and who believes that combat sports begin and end with boxing, this bout's for you. " UFC vs. Boxing" is how the Ultimate Fighting Championship is marketing its Saturday night event in Boston, which pits former five-time UFC champion Randy Couture, 47, in a heavyweight fight against former three-division world boxing champion James Toney, 42. Toney, who was frustrated by...
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July 19, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ultimate Fighting Championship started with arguments among fans about which combat discipline was superior. A decade later, the debate has intensified. Former three-division boxing world champion James Toney, who was miffed when UFC President Dana White said boxers can't stand up to mixed martial artists, has signed for his first mixed martial arts bout against former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture on Aug. 28 in Boston. "I called Dana White out and he had to save face," Toney said.
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February 6, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
For the third consecutive Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Las Vegas, one question dominates: So, when is Brock Lesnar fighting again? The UFC will stage a third straight title-less Vegas main event Saturday night when veteran light-heavyweights Randy Couture and Mark Coleman lead the card of UFC 109 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. "There's great fights on this card . . . me and Mark are a couple of old wrestlers banging heads, two active Hall of Famers," Couture said. The undercard features a middleweight bout between Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen, with the winner getting a future title shot against the winner of April's title bout between champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.
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November 18, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Pugmire is a Times staff writer.
Brock Lesnar's second-round technical knockout Saturday of Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Randy Couture delivered the widely seen adrenaline shot that organization executives anticipated. But as Couture fell to the canvas, some casual fans of mixed martial arts may have wondered why Lesnar was allowed to pounce atop Couture, hold him down and then deliver more than 30 punches to the 45-year-old's head before being awarded a technical knockout.
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November 16, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Pugmire is a Times staff writer.
Brock Lesnar has said life isn't about making friends, and he didn't make many more Saturday in beating Ultimate Fighting Championship's popular heavyweight champion Randy Couture by second-round technical knockout. But Lesnar, a former World Wrestling Entertainment "champion," is used to playing a villain, and now he gets to do it in a real sport. "I may come off as a cocky . . .
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October 12, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Randy Couture, the 44-year-old heavyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, announced his retirement Thursday, a day after learning prized free-agent heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko had rejected UFC's advances in favor of a deal with a Russian-based mixed martial arts organization. UFC President Dana White said he maintained negotiations with Emelianenko, 31, and was hopeful the fighter considered by most MMA publications as the top heavyweight in the world would sign.
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August 25, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
It was the most surprising, devastating blow of the year so far in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Randy Couture, 44, was sitting ringside for it, well aware that he was next. On April 21 in England, little-known UFC heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga delivered a powerful right kick to the side of favored Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's head, rendering the top heavyweight contender unconscious.
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November 14, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Pugmire is a Times staff writer.
It's being billed as the biggest Ultimate Fighting Championship bout in history. UFC President Dana White is projecting the comeback of heavyweight champion Randy Couture against former World Wrestling Entertainment star Brock Lesnar on Saturday in Las Vegas will break the mixed martial arts record of 1.2 million pay-per-view buys, even in this economy. "They want to see the new guy test the old guy," Lesnar, 31, said of Couture, 45.
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October 31, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Responding to criticism from resigned champion Randy Couture that they underpaid fighters, Ultimate Fighting Championship executives Tuesday took the unprecedented step of publicly announcing what they're paying the former heavyweight star this year: nearly $2.9 million. "We pay our fighters very well," UFC President Dana White said at a news conference in Las Vegas. "The statements [Couture] has made are not true."
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