by Rami Genauer
Having vanquished Maurice Smith to capture the UFC heavyweight title, it seemed Randy had nowhere to go but down. Randy found another place he could go: Japan. It was the first time, but not the last, that Randy would get into a contract dispute with the UFC, which was owned by Semaphore Entertainment Group at the time. When Randy and SEG could not come to terms on a contract, the UFC stripped him of his title. It would be three years before he stepped foot in the Octagon again.
Randy Couture Week (Day 2), 2000-2002: Titles Won, Titles Lost originally appeared on MMA FanHouse on Wed, 12 Nov 2008 15:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.