Las Vegan Kim Couture,
Women's Ambassador to Combat Sports,
Added to Kickboxing Empire World Championship Card
July 30, 2011
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
Known, perhaps, as much for being the outspoken ex-wife of UFC great Randy Couture as she is for her own
fighting career, the attractive 35-year-old mother of two and admitted adrenaline junky says she's excited
over her lightweight bout July 30 against Jessica Bartness of Monroe, Washington.
"Everybody I know is freaking out that, finally, after four years, I have a fight here in Las Vegas," said
Couture, who goes by the nickname "Sugar Free."
"My pro debut was at home in Vegas and I haven't fought here since," said Couture. "It'll feel good to fight
here, because I'm always going to the hometown of my opponent to fight. It'll be a rush to be fighting in front
of so many friends. I'll feed off the support I get."
Having found success in diverse industries, including working as a casino executive and a law-enforcement
officer, before she began fighting, Couture isn't content to just fight her own ring battles. She also works
tirelessly promoting women's fighting, is in the process of opening her own gym, advises other fighters and is
hoping, eventually, to become a television commentator.
"I'm not out there trying to be a pinup model," said Couture, who could pass for one. "I don't care about
being the face of females in combat sports. But I do like being ambassador for the sport.
"I try to stay as busy as possible," said Couture. "I've been training kickboxing for six years. That's my most
dominant area, and I wouldn't take this fight if I didn't know I could win."
Throughout her career, Couture has had to deal with injuries, including a broken jaw sustained just a few
seconds into her grueling June 2008 professional MMA debut. But she says recent and much-needed
surgery has her feeling like an all-new fighter.
"I haven't fought since last October," said Couture. "I had to get as second surgery on my jaw. It was exactly
what I needed. I got kicked pretty hard in practice and it popped a part loose. There's a steel plate in the
front of my jaw, but I got the top part, by my ear, tightened up and it's all good as new now."
Couture will be working with female Cristiane "Cyborg" Santosfor the final portion of training for her
kickboxing bout July 30 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Other international fighters on that July 30 card include Denis Goncheronok of Minsk, Belarus; Sergio Cario
of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Edwin "El Tigre" Aguilar of Tijuana, Mexico; Pavel Turuk of Minsk; and Tim
Thomas of Birmingham, England.
The card starts at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) July 30 with doors to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
opening at 6:30.
Tickets-priced at $25, $35, $50, $75, $100 and $125-are available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box
office daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and through Ticketmaster, either by calling 702-474-4000 or 800-745-3000
or going on line at ticketmaster.com.
- Photo courtesy of bigmediabuzz.com
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