Randy_Couture_leaves_UFCIn a stunning and shocking report, Brian Knapp from The Fight Network is claiming that Randy Couture has resigned from the UFC.

Yes, I said “resigned” and not “re-signed.” Sit down and take a few minutes if you need to.

According to the report, Couture is in South Africa filming “The Scorpion King – Rise of the Akkadian” and informed UFC president Dana White of his decision in an official letter.

It sounds as though the UFC’s inability to sign Fedor Emelianenko played a large role in his decision:

“I appreciate this opportunity the sport of MMA and the UFC has given me,” the UFC Hall-of-Famer said. “However, I’m tired of swimming upstream at this stage with the management of the UFC. It only makes sense at this point in my career to fight Fedor Emelianenko, and since he’s now signed with another organization, I feel like it’s time to resign and focus on my other endeavors.”

His abrupt departure deals a significant blow to the world’s most visible MMA organization. Couture was not only a beloved competitor – White once called him “the greatest fighter in UFC history” – but also a revered spokesman for a company that had long struggled to gain mainstream acceptance.

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