If Randy Couture is truly looking for a fight, Steven Seagal won't back down from the UFC Hall of Famer.
During an appearance on G4TV's "Attack of the Show," Couture stated (via MMAWeekly.com) that he planned on staying retired from fighting, unless Seagal wanted to sign up.
Seagal, who considered Couture a friend, was completely dumbfounded by the comment.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani on "The MMA Hour," the Hollywood action star responded to Couture's challenge (via MMAFighting.com):
I have to wonder what his intentions may have been in saying that. I always thought that Randy was my friend and a gentleman. I'm kind of confused why he would say that, but I'm here, anybody can find me any time and any place. If Randy really wants to fight me, he can fight me any time he wants.
Couture's comments were initially perceived as a joke from media and fans, but Seagal isn't one to take challenges lightly.
As a movie star, people tend to forget that Seagal comes from a legitimate martial arts background. As a seventh degree black belt in Aikido, he has earned the opportunity to travel all over the world and teach martial arts to young students.
Still, Seagal realizes his own limitations when it comes to all-around fighting skills. He would likely suffer a similar fate as James Toney if he agreed to step into the Octagon with Couture.
At 60 years old, Seagal would fight Couture any time and any place, but there would have to be strict conditions.
He explains in his interview with Helwani:
It would be for free, and it would be some place where there are no witnesses. I'm hoping it wouldn't get to that, and I don't know why it would come about, but if that's what he wants, he can get it any time he wants.
Luckily for MMA fans, the bout won't happen in the UFC Octagon. It's still impossible to shake the thought of Couture manhandling an overweight Toney at UFC 118.
Seagal isn't interested in any MMA circus fights. If he fights Couture, he'll make up his own rules:
I don't play by the rules. I'm sure one person will walk out. I'm a man of honor. I'm a gentleman, but I am a warrior, and if he needs to find me, he knows where to find me.