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SB Nation Exclusive Interview: Randy Couture

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David St. Martin over at our parent site scored a big interview with Randy Couture, who will fight former boxing heavyweight champion James Toney at UFC 118 in Boston next month.

It's a big month for Couture, as he not only fights Toney, but his latest movie "The Expendables" is released into theaters, as well.

Here are few excerpts from the interview:

How do you feel about James Toney's comments hyping up the fight? He's really gone off the radar on some of the interviews he's done lately.

I've only heard stories. I haven't really watched or listened to any of it, and I don't intend to. It all boils down to fight night walking out there and doing what you've trained to do. That's all that really matters. The rest of it's just a bunch of crap.

I wanted to ask you what you thought about Fedor's recent loss to Fabricio Werdum. I know that's a fight you've been very intrigued by for years now, has that feeling soured since the loss?

I kind of got over that fight quite a while ago. The clock is ticking, so I cant spend a lot of time trying to facilitate that fight into happening. It didn't look like it was ever going to happen, so I kind of had to put that to rest and put it where it belonged. Just focus on getting back to competing and doing what I wanted to do. He's still a guy I would love to fight, and he's a great fighter regardless of his loss to Werdum. Everyone loses in this sport. Nobody is going to walk around undefeated forever. I think he summed it up best by saying that 'those who have never fall, will never stand up.' It was a pretty interesting commen.

Can you tell me about your role in 'The Expendables?' Was it a stretch playing him or did you fit right in?

I play a character named 'Toll Road.' He's a college educated warrior, basically, and he's part of this group of mercenaries. He's more of the cerebral type, but when push comes to shove he's perfectly capable and comfortable with breaking your neck. He runs around quoting Nietzsche and has a great mind, but at the same time is very physical.

I felt great about it. You have to find ways to relate to the characters you get to play. Put it in terms and in a context that speaks to you. Whether it's killing someone or whatever he's doing, find a way within you to tell the truth. I felt pretty comfortable playing Toll Road. I enjoyed his character and thought he was an interesting guy to play.

Check out the rest of the interview here.