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Magic Act: Randy Couture vs Leon Mandrake in 2009

Lest anyone thought a match between Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko would be magical, may I present the newest opponent for the current/former UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy "The Natural" Couture:

Mandrake the Magician.

According to, Couture was talking up his latest acting gig during a guest appearance on Ohio radio station 96.3 QFM. Here's a snip:

The station had Randy Couture from UFC on and were talking to him about general UFC items when he said he was traveling to China in the next few weeks to start filming the movie Mandrake. He said he had quite a few scenes in the movie and that it was being billed as a cross between James Bond and Harry Houdini. He was pretty pumped about it.

The film stars Jonathan Rys Meyers in the title role as the 1934 comic strip character who relied on hypnosis and illusions to combat crime. The extent of Couture's role is not yet known but credit for Couture for pursuing his acting career with such vigor.

"The Natural" can also be seen in the upcoming movies Redbelt by David Mamet and The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian by Stephen Sommers.

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