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Kim Couture “SUGAR FREE Success”

Posted: January 19, 2009 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Kim Couture
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By FighterGirls.com (Cynthia Vespia)

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Behind every good man is his woman kickin’ ass and takin’ names. That’s never been more true than with Kim “SugarFree” Couture, the wife of UFC legend Randy Couture and an accomplished MMA fighter in her own right. A few years back Kim was working as an executive casino host for The Wynn in Las Vegas, the thought of fighting in the Octagon always at the back of her mind.
After meeting and marrying Randy, Kim left her casino days behind her but brought that knowledge and experience with her into the MMA world to build the Xtreme Couture brand. “I had plenty of practice,” she notes, “it’s just a different line of work now.” It started with the birth of Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts Training Center. The Couture’s mission for Xtreme was to develop a safe haven for fighters to come train. “Guys were bouncing all over town to meet their training needs. We realized we had to do a gym with everything under one roof.”
From there Xtreme Couture put on their first major fight card dubbed “Night of Combat” where Kim herself was one of the featured bouts. “It was the ultimate test,” she says. “Someone is going to hit you and try and take your head off. They can teach you all sorts of things but once it starts all the fancy stuff goes out the window. It’s just basics and muscle memory.”
Night of Combat II came in October 2008 and this time Kim stayed behind the scenes as the event promoter, but she approached that role with as much vigor and tenacity as any of her previous fights. “Everyone jumps in and tries to do a show and they don’t know what goes into it so they forget something at the last minute. I want to give these fighters an opportunity. If I say there’s gonna be a show, there’s gonna be a show.”
Kim’s hard work is paying off getting Xtreme recognized with more shows set up for the future. Within that success they’ve given back with charitable organizations like the Xtreme GI Foundation which provides opportunities for GI’s with prosthetic limbs who are still trying to make a difference. “It’s inspiring because those guys don’t give up,” Kim says. “It puts things in perspective.”
Recently she attained her first professional win vs. Lina Kvokov at StrikeForce. “I felt very confident going into the fight, my footwork and boxing have greatly improved since I’ve been working with Gil Martinez our boxing coach here at Xtreme Couture. I’ve also spent the last 6 weeks working on my Muay Thai with Master Chan and Ray Seffo and my ground game with the help of Robert Drysdale.”
Kim isn’t looking to slow down anytime soon. “I really love MMA and I want to continue to fight at least 3 to 4 times a year. Last year I fought four times, Febuarary, April, June and November. Before I fight again I want to get back to the business side of things and work on my promotion company. We have a lot of fighters at Xtreme Couture that I want to get some work.”

Posted By: Scott Haney

An excellent interview with Kim Couture and Jule Kedzie on Fox News discussing the future of womens’s MMA, possibility of a women’s MMA reality show, fight clothing subculture and MORE!  Watch the Video

Kim Couture On Fox

Posted By: Scott Haney

Xtreme Couture Soccer Team - Posing after winning their first match of the season

Xtreme Couture’s Muay Thai instructor, Joey Varner, led his troops into battle last night for the first match of the season for the Xtreme Couture indoor soccer team. Amongst the fighters on the team are Randy “The Natural” Couture, his son Ryan Couture and JJ Mix to name a few. The guys picked up a 5 to 4 win their first time on the pitch this season and will have a 2 week break untill their next match.

Goals were scored by Randy (2 goals, assisted by Ryan), Joey (1 goal), Stephen (1 goal, and JJ (1 goal). Armando defended the net well against the skilled attacks set up by the opposing team. The guys played great together even though they were unable to practice as a team before their first match and many players had not played soccer in several years. It was exciting to hear the buzz of team practices being scheduled after the match to help improve the team.

Congratulations to our team and we look forward to seeing them on the pitch in the new year. Check out the photos below of some of the action from last nights match.

by: Eddie Miles

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Tasha Marzolla

Tasha at the age of 20 was a well known Playboy model starting off her career as a Muay Thai fighter. She only had 2 months of training before she was thrown into a full contact Muay Thai fight as the main event at the Stardust in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Within 7 years she became a black belt in her discipline and won a world title belt fighting in Thailand.

“I was so young and figured I had been in scraps before; so it never occurred to me that I should be nervous about jumping into the ring so quickly. I was a single Mother and was trying to find a way to make things work.”

Tasha gave birth to her second child a beautiful daughter and has been spending time with her family for the last two years. She is now ready to return to the fight world and in a strong way.

“Having my daughter gave me strength, drive, and motivation. I want to show her that it’s okay to be tough and beautiful. It becomes bigger than yourself when you have people to be strong for.”

She plans on having her first MMA fight within the next couple months. We were able to sit down and chat with Tasha about her switch to MMA.


ER: Why the switch into MMA?

TM: It’s the fastest growing sport and we have amazing training facilities right here in my home town. In order to be the best; you have to train with the best. The Xtreme gym has proven itself over and over that it has one of the best teams in the world. Gina and I come from the same gym….we have known each other forever. So I have Gina Carano, Kim Couture, and Elena Reid as my work out partners. I even have Dennis Davis working a lot of ground with me.

ER: Describe your training?

TM: I am training Muay Thai, boxing, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling. I am really excited about my strength and conditioning. I want to come back stronger and more powerful than ever. I am always more comfortable with my Muay Thai but actually have a bit of a wrestling back round. I wrestled in high school for Las Vegas High. I have such an experienced and successful team behind me. I just can’t wait to have my first fight.

ER: Any Last Words?

TM: I’m just really excited to have a second chance at all of this. I’m much more settled down now and have a lot more knowledge about the way this all works. I know the recipe to success and now with Kim and Xtreme behind me….things are looking pretty good.

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Here are some photos of Tasha, including her training with UFC’s 155 lb standout Gray “The Bully” Maynard

by: Elena Reid

Junie "The Lunatic" Browning

Junie "The Lunatic" Browning

This Saturday (Dec. 13th) at The Pearl in Las Vegas, NV. Junie Browning will go into battle under the Xtreme Couture banner as he faces fellow Team Mir cast member Dave Kaplan on the main card.

When Junie first joined the team here at Xtreme Couture none of us were sure exactly what to expect. Watching Junie on The Ultimate Fighter reality show potrayed him as violent and unpredictable, yet since the first day he stepped into our gym he has shown nothing but respect and conducted himself in a way that makes us all proud to have him as a member of our team. Junie shows the raw talent and work ethic that rests at the center of all Xtreme Couture fighters.

Junie Browning: “I just want to thank Randy, Shawn, and all of Xtreme Couture for accepting me and helping me prepare for this fight. I feel honored to represent the Xtreme Team. After the show, I honestly felt as if there was no team in the world that would accept me. You not only accepted me but helped me become a better fighter and person. Every fighter, here at Xtreme has gained a new hard core fan. There are not words that can express the gratitude I feel for the team and all that they have done.”

Junie will have the support of his entire team and everyone here at Xtreme Couture when he enters the cage on Saturday night.

The Ultimate Fighter 8 – Finale
Main Card:

Phillipe Nover -vs- Efrain Escudero
Ryan Bader -vs-
Vinicius Magalhaes
Jason MacDonald -vs-
Wilson Gouveia
Kevin Burns -vs-
Anthony Johnson
Junie  Browning -vs- Dave Kaplan

By: Eddie Miles

Kim Couture Takes Win In Stride

Posted: November 25, 2008 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Kim Couture, Uncategorized
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Kim Couture is back in the gym today here at Xtreme Couture not taking a minute off.  We took a moment to talk with Kim on her first professional win vs. Lina Kvokov at StrikeForce.

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XC: “First of all congratulations on your first win as a professional, in your opinion how did you feel about the fight?”

K. Couture: ” I felt very confident going into the fight, my footwork and boxing have greatly improved since I’ve been working with Gil Martinez our boxing coach here at Xtreme Couture. I’ve also spent the last 6 weeks working on my Muay Thai with Master Chan and Ray Seffo and my ground game with the help of Robert Drysdale.

After the fight started, I landed a few good shots and I found myself chasing after her around the cage.”

XC: “That’s for sure, it looked like after the first 30 seconds or so she wanted out of there.”

K. Couture: ” I trained hard and really wanted to show the MMA fans a good show and let them know I was a 100% and ready to fight, I have the utmost respect for anyone who steps into the cage but felt disappointed that she just wouldn’t engage with me and turned her back on me. I was just dumbfounded.”

XC: “Do you think she shouldn’t of been matched up with you?”

K. Couture: “On paper it looked like a good match-up. We both had 1 professional fight with a loss. She was training with Matt Lindlands Team Quest so I expected she would be ready and I was ready for a stand-up brawl.”

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XC: “Did you have a chance to watch the fight yet?”

K. Couture: “Yes, Lina just looked nervous from the moment she tripped coming out to the cage, she just looked like she didn’t want to fight that night.”

XC: “After watching what did you see yourself doing that you want to work on?”

K. Couture: “I need to keep my chin down, I worked on it, but I need to just keep it down.”

XC: “What did you feel you did good at?”

K. Couture: “I got her into a Muay Thai clinch and start landing some big knees, I feel very comfortable with that aspect of my game”

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XC: “How was your experience with StrikeForce?”

K. Couture: “Those guys out there were great, well organized, professional. They really put on a great show for the fans and treat their fighters great. I wasn’t sure what to expect walking out to the cage, but the crowd was really into it, cheering and screaming so that really was exciting”

XC: “Would you like to fight for them again?”

K. Couture: ” Absolutely, anytime they want me to fight again and it makes sense with my schedule, I would love to fight for them.”

XC: “Everyone wants to know, What’s next for Kim Couture. Will you fight again and how soon?”

K. Couture: “I really love MMA and I want to continue to fight at least 3 to 4 times a year. Last year I fought four times. Febuarary, April, June and November. Before I fight again I want to get back to the business side of things and work on my promotion company. We have a lot of fighters at Xtreme Couture that I want to get them some work.”

XC: “Cool thanks for your time.”

K. Couture: “Anytime, Thanks”

Below is a clip of Kim Training at Xtreme Couture.

By: Scott Haney

Kim Couture makes weight, Her opponet…Well…Not So Much

Posted: November 21, 2008 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Kim Couture
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As the Couture saga continues, Kim Couture stepped on the scales at the De Anza Hotel yesterday for tonight’s Strikeforce “Destruction” show. Lina Kvokov tipping the scales at 133lbs was unable to make the 130lb weight but the fight will happen as schedule.  Make sure to tune into to see the fight live airing on HDNet.

Official Weigh-In :
Lina Kvokov- 133lbs
Kim Couture- 130lbs

For complete weigh-in results please vist: http://www.strikeforceusa.net.


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