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Randy Couture opens up about UFC President Dana White‘s “over the line” choice to ban him from cornering his son, Ryan, who competes as a lightweight under the UFC banner.

“In my opinion, that’s over the line … How would he like it if I was in a position to affect his son’s lives and careers that way? On one hand, he wants to tell my son he’ll treat him like any other fighter, and give him an out if he wants out, but then he turns right around and tells him, ‘You won’t be able to have your dad corner you.’ I’ve been part of his camp and part of his career since the beginning. He’s not treating him like any other fighter. I don’t see Greg Jackson being eliminated from Georges St. Pierre‘s or Jon Jones’ corners. He’s in the same show I’m in. I think there’s a bit of a double-standard going on there.”

— Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture speaks to Ben Fowlkes of MMA Junkie about Dana White banning him cornering his son, Ryan Couture, for his UFC on FUEL TV 9 fight against Ross Pearson last April. “The Natural,” who is also a UFC Hall of Fame inductee, feels it was “over the line” for White to purposefully prevent him from coaching his son on fight night after White publicly stated the second generation Couture wouldn’t be treated differently than any of the 400-plus fighters signed to the UFC roster. Couture’s relationship with White suffered a major blow when the 49-year-old jumped on board with Bellator MMA and Spike TV and even led the UFC boss to saying his former friend was “the furthest thing from a man” outside of the cage. Couture has distanced himself from any negative media involving White, but it appears he couldn’t help but comment on the bias he feels White holds against himself and the fruit of his loins.

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It took more than one decade, but “Warmaster” is set to return to the Octagon in 2013.

Three months ago Josh Barnett declined an offer to return to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), with his manager explaining that his client was going to wait for the “best deal” before making a decision about his mixed martial arts (MMA) future.

It came as somewhat of a shock, considering the Pride FC, Affliction MMA and Strikeforce standout declared just weeks earlier that he was eager to return to his old stomping grounds inside the Octagon and “wreck shop.” Regardless, Barnett stuck to his guns over the course of the next two months, reiterating (here and here) that he was content to hold out until his demands were met.

The wait, according to a report from USA Today this evening, appears to be over.

Barnett recently inked a multi-fight contract and is expected to return to the eight-walled cage “later this year” for the first time since 2002, which is when he defeated Randy Couture at UFC 36 to win the Heavyweight championship. However, Barnett tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) immediately afterward, was stripped of the title and released from the promotion.

It was a chain of events that triggered and MMA odyssey for Barnett, who traveled the world over the next 10 years, laying waste to many of the top fighters (at the time), including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Alexander Emelianenko, among others, in Japan during the Pride FC heyday. The incident, as well as the way in which he handled the fallout, irritated UFC President Dana White, who once vowed that Barnett would never be welcome back.

Never say never.

Barnett, 35, has won nine of his 10 most recent matches, dating back to 2008, with the only blip during that span a unanimous decision loss to Daniel Cormier in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix little more than one year ago. It’s unclear who Barnett will compete against in his return bout and when; however, Frank Mir, has been bandied about quite often.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea to book a trilogy match with the aforementioned Nogueira, either.

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Quoteoworthy:

“My thing with Randy Couture is he is a legend in his sport. He seems like a good person. I don’t know him personally, but from when I met him, he seems like he’s a great dude, man. And if he is a real man, come put the gloves on. I did it his way, now come do it my way. I’m glad they got respect for me because my background speaks for me. Everybody knows that I ain’t got no bitch in me.”

James (had his) “Lights Out” Toney sings a different tune following his submission loss to Randy Couture at UFC 118 last Saturday night (Aug. 28) in Boston. The portly pugilist was taken down and choked out by “The Natural” in a lopsided affair designed to draw casual fans to a “Boxing vs. UFC” contest that proved just how different both sports are despite Toney’s pre-fight trash talk. Can the fading legend convince Couture to get his butt whooped inside the boxing ring? Or is there nothing left to prove after his “Beantown” beatdown?

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“I didn’t see [Randy Couture’s] acting chops but I did see his fight skills. When you get the chance to fight with one of the elite fighters of all time, it’s just a fun day at the office. Coming from a pro wrestling background people would always ask me ‘Well what would happen if you and Randy squared off?’ I pretty much chalk it up to this: I was a pro wrestler and Randy is a pro fighter. I was glad we were on a movie set and not in the Octagon. He’s a very classy guy, very professional, he didn’t stiff me one single time. I think he was very leery, very understanding of the skills that he possesses, a true professional. It was a blast fighting with Randy but I knew that if he let one go I was probably gonna be looking up at the lights.”

Former WWE superstar Steve Austin talks about mixing it up in Hollywood with UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture on this week’s episode of Pro MMA Radio. “Stone Cold” was cast opposite “The Natural” on the set of Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming “Expendables” movie, in theaters on August 13. In spite of his reputation of being one tough S.O.B., “The Texas Rattlesnake” had no problem admitting that he’s way out of his league when it comes to professional fighting, highlighting the difference between pro wrestlers and pro fighters. Are you listening, Dave Bautista?

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Looks like it’s going to be “Lights Out” on August 28 in “Beantown.”

Past-his-prime pugilist James Toney will finally get the chance to prove that boxing (with takedown defense) trumps mixed martial arts on any given Saturday when he takes on former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture at UFC 118 in Boston.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the bout agreement was signed by Toney in a UFC 115 video interview with Ariel Helwani — despite a recent report that his signature had yet to be obtained.

Toney has enlisted the help of Juanito Ibarra, perhaps best known as the former trainer of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to help him transition to MMA. Despite his rookie status, the NABO heavyweight boxing champion was able to submit Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion “King Mo” in practice.

But don’t expect Couture to be as generous in August.

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No one will ever mistake “The Natural” as a world class striker, but he’s as good (or better) than anyone in the game today at identifying an opponent’s weakness and exploiting it. Also consider his wrestling background and experience inside the cage and it’s hard not to give Toney anything more than a puncher’s chance.

It’s just a question of how long Couture allows Toney to stay upright.

UFC 118 is expected to feature a lightweight bout between current 155-pound contenders Kenny “KenFlo” Florian and Gray “The Bully” Maynard as they try to stake their claim to the winner of a possible championship rematch between Frankie “The Answer” Edgar and BJ “The Prodigy” Penn, also booked for the Aug. 28 card.

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Quoteworthy:

“It looks like we’re narrowing it down, hopefully get a chance to sign for the James Toney fight here pretty quickly, and they’re looking to put that fight on at UFC 118 in Boston in August, and I’m excited about that. We’ve heard (Floyd) Mayweather and others kind of run their mouths about it, and he’s the first one that’s actually had the courage to step up and fight, and stand behind what he’s talking. Someone needs to welcome him appropriately to mixed martial arts, and show him what we’re all about. He’ll be very formidable at range, and I think anybody who faces him would be silly to stand around in front of him, and play that game. I’m going to go out and try to set him up, use my striking effectively to set him up, run him into the fence when possible, and tie him up and smother him, and put him on his butt. It’s a lot harder for him to be an effective boxer from his butt.”

With his UFC 118 fight with James Toney on August 28 in Boston all but official, former UFC champion and MMA legend Randy Couture appears set on making his intentions for the bout well-known… take Toney down, beat Toney up. Makes sense, right? It also seems to be pretty evident that all the talk by boxers essentially condemning the sport of mixed martial arts has really gotten to “The Natural,” and that he is more than happy to put MMA on his shoulders in what will undoubtedly be the highest profile contest between MMA and boxing to date. So, is it gonna be as easy as Couture is making it out to be? Do you Maniacs agree that if Randy follows through with this game plan, aside from catching a shot as he goes in for the takedown, this fight doesn’t end without the good guy winning?

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“If Randy Couture want it, he can get it! It ain’t no thang to me. It ain’t no thing but a chicken wing. All Randy gotta do is sign the contract and he getting knocked out too! I ain’t playing with him … Everybody thinks this is a goddamn game, but this ain’t no game for me! I’m going to be ready! Whatever he wants to do, we can do. If he stands up with me, he’s getting knocked out and if he takes me to the ground, he’s still getting knocked out. I’m busting ass every day doing my thing. Trust me, if you don’t hear from me, know that I’m keeping busy. Whenever the fight happens, I’m going to be ready guns loaded”

Geriatric boxing blowhard James Toney tells Fight Hype that he’s not playing any “goddamn games” against former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture in their planned UFC 118 bout on August 28 in Boston. “Lights Out” has very little going for him except the help of Juanito Ibarra, perhaps best known as the former trainer of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The NABO heavyweight boxing champion has called out everyone from Chuck Liddell to Brock Lesnar, citing his desire to tests himself against “the best.” You know the old saying, be careful what you wish for.

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Looks like the UFC is going to have its own 40-40 club.

Past-his-prime pugilist James Toney wants to prove that boxing (with takedown defense) trumps mixed martial arts on any given Saturday — and he may finally get the chance to do it against former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture at UFC 118 on August 28 in Boston.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the bout was in the works at last Saturday’s “Aldo vs. Faber” media festivities.

“Lights Out” has enlisted the help of Juanito Ibarra, perhaps best known as the former trainer of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to help him transition to MMA. Despite his rookie status, the NABO heavyweight boxing champion has called out everyone from Chuck Liddell to Brock Lesnar, citing his desire to tests himself against “the best.”

You know the old saying, be careful what you wish for.

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No one will ever mistake “The Natural” as a world class striker, but he’s as good (or better) than anyone in the game today at identifying an opponent’s weakness and exploiting it. Also consider his wrestling background and experience inside the cage and this folks, is what we call “having a puncher’s chance.”

It’s just a question of how long Couture allows Toney to stay upright.

UFC 118 is expected to feature a lightweight bout between current 155-pound contenders Kenny “KenFlo” Florian and Gray “The Bully” Maynard as they try to stake their claim to the winner of a possible championship rematch between Frankie “The Answer” Edgar and BJ “The Prodigy” Penn, also expected on the Aug. 28 card.