HDNet will reportedly air the rumored submission wrestling match between Randy Couture and Kurt Angle, according to MMA Junkie.
Both Couture and Angle are highly accomplished grapplers, though Couture clearly has much more recent experience between his UFC competition, and regular training at his Xtreme Couture facilities. Before embarking on mixed martial arts, Couture was a three time Olympic alternate for the United States Greco-Roman wrestling team, as well as a three time NCAA Division I All American. In 2006, Couture also competed in a submission wrestling match against world class grappler Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. The match ended in a draw.
Kurt Angle was a decorated freestyle wrestler before entering the world of professional or â€œentertainmentâ€ wrestling, taking home a gold medal at the World Championships in 1995, and another at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta,GA. Angle was also a two time NCAA Division I champion, and a three time NCAA Division I All American.
Angle has talked about a conversion to mixed martial arts several times in the past, but recently admitted that, at 39 years old, he has missed his opportunity to switch to MMA and would instead like to try his hand at submission grappling.
The match between Couture and Angle could take place during the summer of 2008, but nothing is close to being official at this time. I suppose itâ€™s nice to know that if this match indeed comes to light someday, we will at least be able to catch it in high definition. After all, this proposed submission wrestling bout might be the only competition Randy Couture sees for a long, long time.