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Kim Couture, wife of mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Randy “The
Natural” Couture, will make her Strikeforce MMA cage fighting debut
against Lina Kvokov in a 130 lb. limit contest at San Jose’s HP
Pavilion on Friday, November 21st.The 32-year-old Couture
recently reaffirmed her commitment to becoming a pioneer of women’s MMA
competition by adding none other than K-1 superstar and three-time
world kickboxing champion, Ray “Sugarfoot” Sefo, to her stable of elite
trainers.According to Couture, the experience with Sefo, a
veteran of 74 professional fights and a winner over several other
all-time K-1 greats during his stellar 13-year professional fighting
career, has, thus far, opened her eyes to a new world that embodies
technical excellence while fighting aggressively on foot.“I
like his style,” said Couture, a martial artist of five years. “He’s
very explosive and aggressive. He doesn’t wait around and look for
openings. He creates them.”Her upcoming appearance, the second
MMA start of her career, will provide Couture with an opportunity to
change the opinions of critics who watched her endure a beating at the
hands of Kim Rose at Las Vegas, Nevada’s Thomas and Mack Center on June
20, 2008.“Losing that fight was the best thing that ever
happened to me,” said Couture who, despite sustaining considerable
punishment, went the three round distance with Rose before losing a
unanimous judges’ decision. “It’s completely changed me as a fighter.
I’ve started doing things a lot different. It made me realize that I
have to be the aggressor or I’m going to get hurt.”As Vice
President of Xtreme Couture, her husband’s Las Vegas-based fight
facility, Couture maintains a hectic work schedule that includes
managing several of the camp’s fight team members. However, she is also
religious about training twice daily. Randy serves as her wrestling
coach while Gil Martinez provides her with boxing instruction and
Robert Drysdale oversees her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training.“I
plan to show how well-rounded I am in this fight,” said Couture. “I’m
going to be more aggressive and more explosive. There’s not anywhere
the fight can go that I won’t be prepared because I feel like I’ve got
the toughest camp and the best coaches.”While she may make an effort to be the aggressor in the fight, fans can expect Couture’s opponent to utilize a similar strategy.“I’m
an A-type personality so of course I’m aggressive,” said Kvokov, a
33-year-old native of Portland, Oregon, whose meeting with Couture will
also be her second professional start and an opportunity to even her
record to 1-1 after being submitted with an arm bar by Tamara Parks in
the opening round of their matchup on April 3, 2008.“I don’t
know Kim Couture, but I’ve heard a lot of great things and have a lot
of respect for her so I’m really looking forward to going in there and
banging it out with her.”Kvokov’s history confirms that she has
a strong competitive nature as well as a high tolerance for risk. After
all, it was only 10 months ago that she initially engaged in formal
martial arts training, something that she was introduced to by
Strikeforce veteran, Matt Horwich.Shortly after becoming a
student, prize fighting seemed like a natural fit, according to Kvokov,
a mother of four children. To accommodate the deep commitment that MMA
fight training requires of its competitors, she proceeded to make
drastic sacrifices, which included dropping out of law school in her
second year of studies.“I just think that it’s such a great
thing, being able to beat someone up and get paid for it,” chuckled
Kvokov. “I can’t think of a better way to earn a living.”Tickets
for Strikeforce “Destruction,” priced from $30, are on sale at the HP
Pavilion box office (408-287-7070) as well as at all Ticketmaster
locations (408-998-TIXS), Ticketmaster online ( [please contact me for website address] and on Strikeforce’s official website ( [please contact me for website address]
the main event, Strikeforce World Lightweight (155 lb. limit) Champion
and San Jose resident, Josh “The Punk” Thomson (16-2), will put his
title on the line for the first time and, at the same time, look to
even an old score against the only man on the planet who has stopped
him in the heat of battle - Yves Edwards (34-14-1). The 32-year-old
Edwards, who scored an unforgettable, first round knockout on Thomson
with a head kick at UFC 49 on August 21, 2004, remains one of only two
competitors who have defeated Thomson.Strikeforce World Light
Heavyweight (205 lb. limit) Champion, Bobby Southworth (9-5), will make
a highly anticipated title defense against top-ranked superstar, Renato
“Babalu” Sobral (30-7).Joe “Diesel” Riggs (28-11) will make his
return to the welterweight (170 lb. limit) division in a featured
contest with Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Luke Stewart (6-1).HP
Pavilion doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for Strikeforce “Destruction” and
the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m. The main card will
commence at 7:30 p.m.The live HDNet telecast of Strikeforce “Destruction” will begin at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST).
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