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Quick Hits: Couture Hints at Retirement, Sonnen Appeals Tomorrow, and More

  • Randy CoutureRandy Couture offered a glimpse of his future this week on the MMA Hour stating: “I’m kind of in transition and still enjoying competing at a high level, but I think I’m going to definitely focus on making some more movies and heading in that direction.” Couture has signed on for a new Action movie with Bruce Willis and also hopes to rejoin the cast of “The Expendables” for the upcoming sequel to the summer hit, leaving a 2011 return to MMA unlikely.
  • FEG’s financial problems have continued according a report from Fighters Only. The report states that a financing deal with investment bank PUJI, reportedly worth $200 million, has fallen through. Leaving the future of the DREAM/K-1 parent company in jeopardy.
  • Chael Sonnen’s appeal for his steroid suspension will be heard by CSAC tomorrow. Sonnen will be appealing the failed drug test at UFC 117 where his testosterone levels were more than four times the acceptable limit. Also on the docket is the reinstatement hearing for Josh Barnett.
  • ESPN’s Josh Gross recently Tweeted that former UFC heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee was approached by Strikeforce to face Antonio Silva this Saturday. The new Monte Cox client declined and has also turned down Bellator, but may fight on smaller January show.
  • Greg Jackson has responded to Dana White’s criticism and has asked the promoter to reconsider his criticism of his fighters and points to the numbers telling MMAFighting “Here’s a quick stat for you. So there’s been 22 [UFC events] this year? We had 12 bonuses so far this year, so one out of every two, one of my fighters got Submission of the Night, Knockout of the Night, or Fight of the Night.”
  • According to the BBC, former UFC fighter Lee Murray has had his sentence changed from 10 years to 25 years for his involvement with the Securitas bank heist. Murray’s last bout was against Anderson Silva in 2004.

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