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Randy Couture biography: 13 things about actor, ex-UFC fighter born in Everett, Washington


Randall Duane “Randy” Couture is an actor born in Everett, Washington, United States to Edward Lewis “Ed” Couture and Sharan Amelia King. Randy is a father of three, a retired mixed martial artist and a former U.S. Army sergeant.

Randy is 6’1″ tall and his fight name was The Natural. He attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA.


As a Greco-Roman wrestler, Randy was an Olympic team alternate in 1988, 1992 and 1996, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I runner-up in 1991 and 1992 at Oklahoma State University, a bronze medalist at the World Cup in 1991 and 1992 and a semifinalist at the Olympic Trials in 2000. At the Pan American Championships, he won gold in 1991, silver in 1990, 1992 and 1998 and bronze in 1997.

As an MMA fighter, Randy fought as a heavyweight from 1997 to 2003 and both as a heavyweight and a light heavyweight from 2003 to 2011. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. In 1981, he graduated from Lynnwood High School in Lynnwood, Washington. On February 13, 1982, she and Sharon Jean Rosenblat were married by her uncle, a minister, at his church in Edmonds, Washington.
  2. From 1982 to 1988, he served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant in the 101st Airborne. In 1984, Sharon gave birth to their son Ryan Duane Couture in Edmonds in 1982 and their daughter Aimee Jean Couture in 1984.
  3. In 1993, he and Sharon divorced.
  4. On May 30, 1997, he made his professional MMA debut and Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in Augusta, Georgia, USA.
  5. In 1999, he married Tricia Lynn Becker.
  6. In 2003, Tricia gave birth to their son Caden Couture and he made his acting debut by playing a fighter in “Cradle 2 the Grave“. On June 6, 2003, he became the first MMA fighter to hold two UFC championship titles in two different divisions.
  7. In 2005, he and Tricia divorced. In the same year, he starred in “No Rules” and “Today You Die” and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA where he opened Xtreme Couture, his own extensive chain of gyms.
  8. On June 24, 2006, he became the fourth inductee to the UFC Hall of Fame. In October 2006, he and Kimberly Joy “Kim” Borrego got married in Hawaii, USA. He played Carnahan in “Big Stan” in 2007, Dylan in “Redbelt” in 2008 and Sargon in “The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior“.
  9. In May 2009, he and Kim filed for divorce. On July 7, 2009, Gallery Books published his autobiography “Becoming the Natural: My Life In and Out of the Cage“.
  10. He played Toll Road in “The Expendables” in 2010, “The Expendables 2” in 2012, “The Expendables 3” in 2014 and “The Expendables 4” in 2022.
  11. After losing to Lyoto Machida at “UFC 129” on April 30, 2011, he retired from MMA. The loss downgraded his professional MMA record to 19 wins and 11 losses. He played Petey in “Setup” in 2011, Paul Ross in “Hijacked” in 2012, Randy in “Geezers” and Jack Reiley in “Ambushed” in 2013 and Jovi in “Stretch” in 2014.
  12. From 2015 to 2017, he played Jason Duclair in “Hawaii Five-0“. He played Detective Cole in “The Row” in 2018 and Toro/Briggs in “The Hard Way” in 2019.
  13. On October 23, 2019, he suffered a heart attack after training. He walked himself to a nearby hospital and ultimately made a full recovery after a successful operation.

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