Couture: Over 30 countries down for Olympic MMA


Randy Couture has been retired from MMA for a couple years now and part of keeping busy for him has been spear heading a petition for Olympic MMA. TMZ recently caught up with Couture and he said over thirty countries have signed:

UFC legend Randy Couture says there's serious momentum in the fight to get MMA back in the Olympics ... with more than 30 COUNTRIES on board and ready to roll. 

Couture was leaving an event in L.A. this weekend when he said, "I think there's 34 or 39 countries that have signed petitions" for a sport called pankration ... an ancient form of MMA. 

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ChaosOverkill site profile image  

2/13/14 8:36 AM by ChaosOverkill

Teams is the only way like IFL. Which would make matchup choices a really interesting part of the whole thing but you would also need a lot of back up fighters in each weightclass but it is dooable.   Round robin fights in a a few weightclasses then elimination rounds, each fighter fights once and have a tournament before the olympic to determine who picks the weightclasses to fight in the round robin then the highest placed country gets a bye and picks the weightclass for the semi-final fight or something like that.

petrochemical site profile image  

2/13/14 7:24 AM by petrochemical

Randy looks brain-damaged in that video. Definite speech impediment and sluggish movements. Pretty sad.

rkm456 site profile image  

2/13/14 3:05 AM by rkm456

I love watching BJJ, but it's far too slow for the average person to enjoy it. If they'll can wrestling (at least it got saved) BJJ has no shot.

Liyon site profile image  

2/13/14 12:35 AM by Liyon

Looks like combat sambo without the gis

Scb669 site profile image  

2/12/14 10:46 PM by Scb669

Baldy won't let the pros fightBut...I would very much enjoy old school pancrese

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2/12/14 8:50 PM by Randy Bloom

This is Randy Couture was talking about. 12/5/2013To the attention Randy BloomTed Welch has discussed with you our most recent developments for our MMA movement and we are excited to have your participation.Herewith is an overview of our of our plans moving forward to present our United States amateur athletes in Mixed Martial Arts to the World in International competition as preparation for presentation to the General Assembly of International Sports Federations for participation in the World Combat Games and eventual acceptance as an Olympic sport.we are extremely happy to have you developing an elite team of 8 men and 4 women to compete in the first ever US National MMA tournament in Las Vegas March 20, 21, 22 accompanied by your coaches and 2 officials (a judge and referee) to be nationally certified for the event. Arrival check-in for the event will be Wednesday March 19th. There will be 96 competitors in the three day tournament, comprised of the best athletes from around the USA. The winners of the tournament will represent the United States in the First ever International World Championships to be held the first week of July in Las Vegas during UFC Fan week, when each participating country member of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation will send their top athletes to compete for World recognition. Each team must travel at their own expense and may develop their own sponsors to cover their travel and accommodations.The UFC has endorsed the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) as the World recognized body to develop the sport of MMA for Olympic recognition. In the United States, the UMMAF is the exclusive body chosen to represent the IMMAF for National development of www.ummaf.orgFrank Babcock Ted Welch

MisterHawkeMMA site profile image  

2/12/14 8:41 PM by MisterHawkeMMA

As long as it's amateurs only, I'm ok with this. Would give a great deal of legitimacy to the sport and get younger people involved.

Rahjai MD site profile image  

2/12/14 3:58 PM by Rahjai MD

there will never be MMA in Olympics.  Too dangerous.   I can see, BJJ being an event tho.  Makes more sense.

rkm456 site profile image  

2/12/14 3:43 PM by rkm456

They dropped headgear out for the next olympics. Olympic boxing could be making a comeback.

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2/12/14 2:58 PM by Bossk

This, I think sub grappling has a way better chance of making it than mma