It appears UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture just can’t get enough of the camera. Unfortunately for “Captain America,” he can’t seem to score a starring role.
Not only did Couture co-star in the box office hit “The Expendables,” and will be co-headlining UFC 118 opposite boxing legend James Toney at the end of the month, but Fighters Only announced at today’s press conference that Couture will co-host their “2010 World MMA Awards” on December 1st.
“This announcement goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to make this year’s awards bigger and better,” Fighters Only CEO Rob Hewitt stated. “I’ve mentioned the word ‘legitimate’ before. Randy epitomizes legitimacy as a fighter, a world champion, a movie star and is the best ambassador to mixed martial arts there has ever been. He’s been committed throughout his career to representing the sport with the highest regard to professionalism – both in and out of the Octagon – and has become a legend and an icon in the process.
“We are honored to have Randy involved in the World Mixed Martial Arts Awards.”
Couture was an awards presenter and appeared in an unforgettable skit as “Randy Couture: Divorce Attorney” in last year’s ceremony. After leaving his MMA counterparts dying of laughter from his comedy act, Couture is stoked for a shot to rock the mic for an extended period of time.
“It’s going to be a great honor to host the awards,” Couture said. “It’s another kind of ‘pinch me’ moment. I’ve had an amazing year already and to be able to add hosting the awards as one of the things that’s happened this year is pretty cool. I’m looking forward to it.”
Couture’s fellow host is expected to be announced within the next several weeks.
Nominations are underway now and should reflect performances from September 2009 until the end of this month. The finalists will be announced on October 1st and fans will be able to cast their votes through November 26th at www.worldmmaawards.com.
A fancy black-tie reception will be held at The Pearl inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 1st to announce this year’s winners.