Couture: Jason Statham Best Trash-Talker On "Expendables" Set

Randy Couture dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss the Professional Fighters League and The Expendables franchise, among other topics

The DA Show
May 07, 2019 - 12:25 pm
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Randy Couture dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to discuss the Professional Fighters League, which begins Season 2 on Thursday, and The Expendables franchise, which was chock-full of A-listers such as Sylvester Stallone, Jason Staham, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, and Terry Crews, among others.

“I think we had chemistry,” Couture said in studio on The DA Show. “I felt like I was on my old high school football team. We’re in the locker room, we’re joking, we’re carrying on, getting suited up, getting ready to go out and perform. To go out and perform, it’s great to be part of a team like that, and that’s kind of what it felt like. There was no drama. Everybody assumes with a bunch of alpha males there’d be drama, and there was none of that. I think everyone was happy to be there. Stallone sets the tone. He’s the only guy that could pull that off and get all those guys in the same film. I think we were all just excited.”

While there was no drama, there was occasional smack talk.

“Absolutely,” Couture said. “Absolutely. Especially 3, we had Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, all these young studs – and that was kind of the dynamic of the film, too, so we had a good time.”

Couture said Jason Statham was among the best trash-talkers.

“Statham is very quick-witted and always very sharp,” he said. “Who actually holds his own, surprisingly – because my very first movie experience with Jet Li, back in Cradle 2 The Grave, his English wasn’t nearly as good back then. But now he’s telling jokes and he’s fun to be around as well.”

Couture also discussed the PFL, which is coming off an incredibly successful first season.

“I think it definitely got some traction,” he said. “People were impressed with the fights and the fights and how they responded to turning around and fighting every six weeks, to fighting twice in one night in the quarterfinals and the semifinals, and then obviously the fight of them all: the New Year’s Eve fight for a million dollars. I think everybody was impressed. I think we had a 70-percent finish rate in the league in the first season. Everybody wants to see that kind of fight."