This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Randy Couture Turns 52

By Brian Knapp Jun 1, 2015
Randy “The Natural” Couture will celebrate his 52nd birthday on June 22. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



He remains one of MMA’s most revered figures, an Ultimate Fighting Championship hall of famer and one of two men in UFC history to capture titles in multiple weight classes. Randy Couture turns 52 on June 22.

“The Natural” retired in April 2011 following a knockout loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 129, but his legacy had long been secured. Couture ranks fourth on the UFC’s all-time list in victories (16) and tied for fifth in appearances (25), winning championships as a light heavyweight and heavyweight. He was a three-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University and three-time Olympic alternate before he transitioned to mixed martial arts. The Everett, Wash., native was a founding member of the Team Quest and Xtreme Couture training camps.

Couture debuted at UFC 13 on May 30, 1997 and went on to post wins over Vitor Belfort (twice), Pedro Rizzo (twice), Jeremy Horn, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Tim Sylvia and Mark Coleman.

Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the month of June:

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Nogueira, 39, on June 2.

JUNE 1

Miodrag Petkovic (46)
Michael Buchkovich (38)
Wendell de Oliveira Marques (32)
Patricky Freire (29)

JUNE 2

Chris Haseman (46)
Matt Serra (41)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (39)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (39)
Christian M’Pumbu (38)
Roan Carneiro (37)
Tatsuya Mizuno (34)
Christopher Wing (27)

JUNE 3

Jason MacDonald (40)
Linton Vassell (32)

JUNE 4

Michael Johnson (29)
James Krause (29)

JUNE 5

Brian Warren (41)

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Severn, 57, on June 8.

JUNE 6

Xavier Siller (21)

JUNE 7

Chris Wilson (38)
Ryan Bader (32)
Michael Kuiper (26)
Mark Burns (24)

JUNE 8

Dan Severn (57)
Marvin Eastman (44)
Hirotaka Yokoi (37)
Tim Roman (30)

JUNE 9

Dion Staring (37)
Jim Hettes (28)

JUNE 10

Cyrille Diabate (42)
Brendan Tierney (40)
Luiz Azeredo (39)
Hiroyuki Takaya (38)
Nordine Taleb (34)
Walt Harris (32)

JUNE 11

Tsuneo Kimura (33)
Daron Cruickshank (30)
Artur Kadlubek (30)

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Lineker, 25, on June 12.

JUNE 12

Andy Ologun (32)
James Chaney (28)
John Lineker (25)

JUNE 14

Claude Patrick (35)
Chris Barnett (29)
Anatpong Bunrad (29)

JUNE 15

Joe Stevenson (33)
Ryan Keenan (30)

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Weidman, 31, on June 17.

JUNE 16

Rich Attonito (38)

JUNE 17

Kuniyoshi Hironaka (39)
Chris Weidman (31)
Xiao Yang Liu (24)

JUNE 18

Matt Baker (31)

JUNE 19

Chris Seifert (46)
Savant Young (39)
Mike Swick (36)
Ann Osman (29)

JUNE 20

Roy Nelson (39)
Marion Reneau (38)
Quinton Jackson (37)
Alex Caceres (27)
Logan Nail (26)

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Jackson, 37, on June 20.

JUNE 21

Marcos Oliveira (37)
Erick Silva (31)
Jake Lindsey (29)

JUNE 22

Randy Couture (52)
Ryushi Yanagisawa (43)
Brian Bowles (35)
Hiroshi Izumi (33)
Douglas Silva de Andrade (30)
Dave Morgan (30)
Bradley Scott (26)
Taila Santos (22)

JUNE 23

Rob Wince (42)
Marcos Galvao (34)
Nick Thompson (34)
Paul Ruiz (28)
Mark Striegl (27)

JUNE 24

Brendan O’Reilly (28)

JUNE 25

Yoshihiro Nakao (43)
Alexey Oleinik (38)
Luciano Azevedo (34)
Carlo Prater (34)
Marcelo Guimaraes (32)
Jung Gyeong Lee (27)
Andre Fili (25)

JUNE 26

Pawel Nastula (45)
Virgil Zwicker (33)
Faith Van Duin (29)

JUNE 27

Yoshinori Suzuki (34)

JUNE 28

Sam Hoger (35)
DaMarques Johnson (33)
Brennan Ward (27)

JUNE 29

Shin Kochiwa (35)
Ryo Kawamura (34)
Mike Whitehead (34)
Rose Namajunas (23)

JUNE 30

Fabiano Scherner (43)
Gilbert Yvel (39)
Katja Kankaanpaa (34)
Dan Miller (34)
Zach Makovsky (33)

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