Randy Couture on Stephen Neal: He'd have Brock's attention

by Tom E. Curran | source: csnne.com

Randy Couture, a five-time Ultimate Fighting Championship title-holder, was out and about in Indy and we asked him if he was familiar with Patriots guard Stephen Neal.

Turns out Couture was a college coach on the West Coast when Neal was a high-school wrestler and he remembered talking to him then.

"Out of high school, he hadn't grown yet, he was a 190-pounder," said Couture. "Then I saw him a year later. He was huge. I got to wrestle with him a little bit when he was redshirted, great kid and he was a tremendous, tremendous athlete.

"Both in college and internationally he was a world champion," said Couture. "He wrestled like a lightweight. One of the things that's helped him is he has a humble, wrestling mindset. He had to work to have his success in wrestling and and that's what's probably helped him make the transition to football."

Asked if he believed Neal could segue into UFC, Couture said, "I talked to him recently. Give me a little time to work with him I think he'll be tremendous. Any wrestler with the mindset that he has who works with that kind of vision will do well. I guarantee he'd have (current champion) Brock Lesnar's attention."

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Steve4192 site profile image  

2/27/10 2:42 PM by Steve4192

Marcus Jones also made millions a year playing football.  Didn't stop him from taking a $10K/$10K deal to be on TUF.  Some guys just live to pursue new challenges.

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

2/27/10 2:31 PM by RyannVonDoom

 It's not always about money there rere.

RedCoat site profile image  

2/27/10 2:25 PM by RedCoat

Hmmm, make millions a year doing football or get paid 30k to fight someone..... I wonder ....

NoPlacebo site profile image  

2/27/10 2:13 PM by NoPlacebo

Neal is an elite ahtlete and obviously willing to learn other sports. I think he'd do very well.

OWNEDbythe209 site profile image  

2/27/10 2:12 PM by OWNEDbythe209

 Couture on Neal?? he pickin up doods now too?

RaGEDMentaL site profile image  

2/27/10 2:11 PM by RaGEDMentaL

 no more wrestlers please they all think they are kickboxers as of late.

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2/27/10 2:11 PM by RyannVonDoom

 Stephen Neal would do tremendously well in MMA.