Randy Couture responds to Steven Seagal: 'It was intended as a joke'

Kevin C. Cox

With UFC on Fox 5 going down just three days from now in Seattle, you'd think the MMA world's focus would be on that. Instead, it seems that the clown prince of MMA, Steven Seagal, has managed to steal some of the event thunder with his comments on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Monday. After dissing Georges St. Pierre and a few other people, he said he'd be willing to fight Randy Couture, as long as it's "some place where there are no witnesses". So how did Couture respond to that? He spoke to Cage Potato on the issue:

"I'm the one that started the joke as an off-handed comment I made to Jay Glazer - that I'd only come out of retirement if it were to fight Seagal. Obviously now somebody has talked to him about it and it has gotten some legs. I'm not surprised that he wants to do it in private, remote location where nobody could see it happen. Obviously I intended it as a joke. I don't think it would really happen."

The whole thing is a joke. I hope no one ever took this seriously for a second, because it was never going to happen. I'm a hypocrite for saying this since I'm writing about it myself (hopefully for the last time), but I really want the whole "Seagal in MMA" thing to die. It was fun for a little while, but he's being kept in the spotlight by the MMA media and he's going with it because he's not getting much attention anywhere else. Can we just stop interviewing him? Stop giving him a voice? How about that?

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