Randy Couture and Ronda Rousey shared the spotlight in The Expendables 3 and also both know what it's like to be at the elite levels of the UFC. Couture is now retired, but was heavyweight and light heavyweight champion before hitting the silver screen.
Here they are together on the red carpet with the entire cast, led by Sylvester Stallone:
Check out what he had to say to submission radio about Rousey:
"I was surprised. I thought Holly would be the first one to really hit Ronda and I thought she would give Ronda problems with her footwork. She demonstrated amazing footwork. I knew she wasn't going to be half crazy and run right at Ronda like some of these other girls have tried and run right into her wheelhouse. I was surprised when Ronda did get her hands on her and got her on the ground that Holly dealt with it so well and was able to shed Ronda off and get her back where she needed her in that striking realm. I thought by the third or fourth round Ronda would have figured out the footwork and gotten her hands on her and found a way to submit her. Holly had an amazing performance and has demonstrated a ton of class with how she's dealt with Ronda and the media and all the shock of winning that event. I think, you know, there are occasions where we all kind of need some humble pie and that's probably where Ronda is sitting right now."
He wasn't the only one who was surprised by the defeat. Ronda knew she was facing a tough opponent, but she couldn't have expected to lose... and to lose in the fashion which she lost, by knockout. Here's what Couture had to say about the rematch, which has been slated for July 9th at UFC 200.
He thinks she has a shot to take her title back, especially if she won't be underestimating Holly Holm like she did last time.
"Yes, I think she can make the adjustments she needs to make. It's purely a function of focus and game plan. I think after knocking her last opponent out she was maybe a little over confident with her striking and didn't give Holly the credit she deserved as a world-class boxer and kick boxer. She went out and tried to strike with [Holm] and paid the price with an elusive southpaw with a great jab that just kept tagging her. I think those are things that can be fixed. Change her approach to closing the distance and getting your hands on Holly. Make Holly operate where [Rousey] is strongest. How many judo medalists do we have in this sport? Time and time again that's where she's won her fights."
Here's the interview in its entirety...