Randy Couture is a mixed martial arts fighter and boxer. He is the first to hold two Ultimate Fighting Championship titles in both the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions. He is regarded as a master strategist in boxing. Couture began acting in 2003, taking a small part in the film Cradle 2 the Grave and acting as himself on the hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.
Couture is not only a mixed martial arts fighter, but a sports commentator, actor, and businessperson as well. Born on June 22, 1963, in Lynnwood, Washington, and known as “The Natural” and “Captain America,” Randy Couture has become a legend in the world of mixed martial arts fighting. He developed an interest in mixed martial arts at the age of 10 and went on to become a skilled wrestler. After graduating from high school, Couture joined the U.S. Army. He spent six years in the service.
An Olympic hopeful, Couture was selected as an alternate for the U.S. Wrestling Team for the 1988, 1992, and 1996 Summer Games. He also worked at Oregon State University as an assistant wrestling and strength conditioning coach. At the age of 33, Couture began his professional fighting career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 1997. He made his debut in May that was billed as UFC 13, during which he defeated two heavyweight opponents—Tony Halme and Steven Graham.